During C-19, we have been tested to the max on how to stay connected with our loved ones, especially the seniors in our lives; including parents and grandparents. While quarantine has forced us to stay indoors, social distancing practices often make it difficult to stay close to one another. So how do we ensure we remain connected with our loved ones during these unprecedented times?
Technology is the answer. There are many digital solutions that have been created to solve this problem. Key among them are online video communication platforms like Zoom and Skype, and Social Media and messaging platforms including Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. Zoom’s popularity has skyrocketed ever since C-19 because of its ease of use and human centered interface. Skype is a more established option, but not as straightforward to use. Both require accounts and a laptop and/or mobile phone to use.
On the other hand, Social Media platforms are for your more tech-savvy seniors. These platforms require a bit more understanding to use, such as how to make an account and navigate the apps’ various features to reach the messaging capabilities. In most cases, this is an ideal yet often impractical solution to stay in touch with the seniors in your life.
Despite some of these limitations, technology enabled communication is critical these days to stay connected with the seniors in your lives, especially during C-19. Staying in touch today not only ensures in times of emergency that quick action can be taken, but also provides important relief from potential isolation and loneliness. By harnessing technology we can figure out ways to keep our seniors by our side, if only virtually, so we continue to overcome this pandemic together!