Seniors And Technology
Staying Connected, Part 3: The Technology Connection
The idea that seniors are technophobes is disproved daily by the popularity of computer classes at senior centers, colleges, and libraries: they’re usually filled — often with grey-haired folks wanting to stay up-to-date on the latest technology, not least so they can stay in touch with their grandchildren.
Some of the resources freed up by a reverse mortgage can go towards purchasing a state-of-the-art computer system that allows grandparents to share videos, to Skype, and to communicate via Facebook and other social media with distant (or even local) family and friends.
Becoming tech-savvy is also one of the best ways for seniors to stay mentally sharp and expand their skill set, as well as stay connected with those they love. It’s a small financial investment that can pay big dividends in connectivity and creativity.
As Gene Cohen, MD, Ph.D., reports in The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life, Daniel a 79-year-old retired economist, and his wife Grace, a 78-year-old retired grade school teacher, purchased a computer for precisely this reason.
Daniel says, “What are my goals? I want to write memoirs for my children and grandchildren — filled with interesting anecdotes. I just learned how to use a computer to start the process. My wife, who is also approaching eighty, said I wasn’t going to leave her out, and she did the same.”
As a reverse mortgage professional, it pays to find out whether your prospects and clients are technologically proficient, or would like to be. You can encourage this pursuit by beginning to communicate with them via some of the methods described above. Who knows, maybe your clients will even want to make a video describing their positive reverse mortgage experience — or post the same on their Facebook page!