As we advocate for healthier aging, proficiency in technology emerges as not just an optional skill, but as a fundamental pillar of holistic healthcare for older adults.
In conversations about aging well, the mantra of preventive care is well-known: prioritize sleep, adopt a balanced diet, engage in daily exercise, schedule regular check-ups and screenings, stay current on vaccinations, challenge the mind, and foster social connections to combat isolation and its associated health risks. Yet, within these well-established recommendations, one crucial element often remains overlooked — technology literacy. As we advocate for healthier aging, proficiency in technology emerges as not just an optional skill, but as a fundamental pillar of holistic healthcare for older adults.
Unlocking the power of tech literacy
Defined as the ability to comprehend information from digital devices and perform tasks accordingly, tech literacy is increasingly recognized as a societal necessity, on par with traditional preventive care measures. While discussions often center on preventive healthcare and supportive technology, equal emphasis must be placed on the usability of that technology. Progress lies not in the technology itself but in a person’s willingness to use it, which requires both skills and confidence to change behaviors and ensure adoption. With new AgeTech innovations surfacing every day, there is a massive gap in helping older adults develop the skills to keep up. Even the most cutting-edge solutions remain ineffective if not embraced and used. Therefore, older adults require support to leverage technology for longer, happier, and healthier lives.
Why tech literacy is fundamental to preventive care
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