The Digital Shift
A New Chapter in the Age of COVID
The COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the world in ways we could have never imagined, and one of the most unexpected transformations was the rapid adoption of digital technology among seniors. With lockdowns, social distancing, and health concerns pushing people of all ages to rely on digital tools for work, education, and social interactions, many seniors found themselves participating in the digital shift.
Covid-19 implemented positive change
A recent study has shown that 47%* of people over the age of 75 have found themselves becoming internet users since the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes implemented by COVID-19 may have meant that you had to learn how to use online banking quickly, for some this may have been a challenge due to social distancing and lockdown restrictions meaning friends and family are not as readily available to help.
This being said, for many the digital shift has been a positive allowing family to be connected via online platforms such as Zoom, keeping the family bond strong whilst being distanced for our safety.
Friendship bonds strengthened
Zoom allowed us to maintain and even strengthen our social connections throughout the pandemic, and many have continued using Zoom as a form of communication as the world returned to somewhat normal. The importance of Zoom to individuals living alone or in long-term care facilities was detrimental to keeping up constant communications.
Alongside maintaining friendships, Zoom allowed for family reunions making it possible for families to interact even when they couldn’t be physically present. This was particularly valuable during the holiday seasons and special occasions. Similarly, communication with grandchildren was the source of joy for many throughout the pandemic, watching their loved ones grow while still being able to see their faces was a valuable memory that will never be forgotten, zoom helped make the best of an unfortunate situation.
Doctor and hospital appointments were readily available via Zoom meaning the usual support many of us have from the NHS was maintained, telehealth services, often facilitated through video calls, became a crucial way for older adults to consult with healthcare providers without exposing themselves to the risk of in-person visits during the pandemic.
A new online venture
Learning and education was undertaken by many of us during the pandemic, as we were given valuable time inside our home due to the restrictions on pace. Many of us undertook a new hobby or learned a new skill via a Zoom call. This is invaluable for maintaining communication with others who value the same interests and want to participate in the same hobbies.
For your peace of mind please find a helpful guide, which will allow you to set up a Zoom account and use Zoom to communicate with your loved ones or participate in your newfound hobby.
In conclusion, the COVID-19 pandemic created an era of uncertainty, however, the outcome for many was positive, with lockdowns and public health concerns we adapted to a digital way of living, and in many ways, this was a positive change. As we move forward, the positive impact of this digital shift remains, and we can embrace change and thrive in an ever-evolving world.
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