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How to motivate the elderly to use technology

Using technology can support the elderly in communicating with the world, maintaining activity and health, and living a better quality of life.

However, they might not be fully embracing technology.

Here are some strategies that can be used to motivate the elderly to use technology more. Some of these include:

  1. Tailoring the technology to the individual's needs and preferences: It's essential to understand the specific needs and preferences of the elderly person and to tailor the technology to meet those needs. This can help make the technology more relevant and useful to the individual.

  2. Making the technology user-friendly: It is important to design technology that is easy to use, with simple instructions and intuitive interfaces.

  3. Providing training and support: It's essential to provide training and support to help elderly individuals learn how to use the technology and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

  4. Highlighting the benefits: It's essential to communicate the benefits of using technology, such as improved communication with family and friends, access to information and entertainment, and improved health and well-being.

  5. Socializing the experience: Many elderly individuals may be more likely to use technology if they can socialize the experience. This can be done by providing opportunities to use technology in group settings, such as computer classes or social media groups.

  6. Creating a sense of community: Creating a sense of community around technology use can be a powerful motivator. This can be done by setting up online groups, forums, or social media groups where elderly people can share tips and advice and support each other in their use of technology.

  7. Addressing concerns: It's essential to address any concerns the elderly person may have about technology, such as security, cost, or privacy.

  8. Using technology to improve quality of life: It's important to show elderly people how technology can improve their quality of life. This can be done by using technology for things like health monitoring, socializing, entertainment, and connecting with loved ones.


About Aceso ACESO is a patient-centric solution for smart and sustainable healthcare, employing a co-creative approach to realize integrated health and oral-care platform in which intelligent devices use data analytics for adaptable health and well-being. ACESO will monitor parameters related to physical health (blood pressure, glucose, heart rate, oxygen saturation, etc.), activity, sleep, and oral hygiene in an integrative manner which will provide primary users with personalized and adaptive feedback extracted by the underlying artificial intelligence engine. A patient-centric approach that actively involves users in maintaining their health will bring clear benefits for the elderly and caregivers. Aceso is funded by AAL. More about Aceso... About AAL

AAL- Ageing Well in the Digital World - is a funding program that aims to create a better quality of life for older people and to strengthen industrial opportunities in the field of healthy aging technology and innovation. More about AAL.

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