Using Technology: Page 2 | Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Modern technologies like smartphones, computers, wearables, and the internet can be used in many ways that are very relevant for older adults. But they frequently are looking for help and advice on how to use the technology, how to choose it, and how to get it supported.

Below you can hear our discussions, and share what we are learning about these topics.

NOTE: Discussions about specific topics like Alexa or Apple Watch are found in other areas. Look under "Recommendations" in the top, main menu for things like Smarthome, Robotics and AI, or Medical Alerts, or if you are interested in video interactions you would look under Social isolation and Loneliness..


Hear what Older Adults Think: Using Technology

TV Too Loud Due To Hearing Loss

My Dad’s hearing is getting bad and it upsets my Mom when he blasts the TV. He has a hearing aid and will NOT wear a headset.



Will an Echo Show 8 solve my problem?

By: Sent by email

I desperately need help finding a solution to helping out a 93 yr old in a AL / Nursing home. 

  •  I was wondering if anyone can tell me if this device (Echo Show 8) can work with an older, fainter voice ?
  •  Can Alexa pick up the commands ?
  • Do you have
  • ... Read More. Add your Opinions


Staying in Touch: Parents in Lockdown

By: tel-editors

It's a pretty common scenario at present. Your elderly parent, who lives at home — or in a nice senior living facility — is under "lockdown" for the foreseeable future. You can't visit. They are not super tech-savvy and don't regularly use Facetime, or Skype, or Zoom. And you are wondering what... Read More. Add your Opinions


Block Annoying Phone Solicitations with NoMoRoBo

Explorer Shirley shares her knowledge of an app that is intended to block unwanted phone calls from robot servers and solicitors.



Uber and Lyft: Users Like Their Experiences

The group is discussing use of the Uber app, which leads to a series of anecdotes and questions from members



Medical Data Storage and Retrieval Discussed

Explorer Rich tells the group about an Apple medical app called Medical ID, which operates from the lock screen and allows quick access by responders to important medical information in an emergency



Explorers Report on 'NoMoRobo' Performance

Explorer Geri reports on the performance of the NoMoRobo website which she deployed after learning of it at a previous meeting.



Wish I had more contact with family: what to do?

Explorer Mary speaks of her desire to be in closer touch with her brother's family who live in the region, but who seem distant because of their busy lives and the travel time to visit. Explorers had several suggested "solutions", including some that are technology-related.



Nuisance Phone Calls: How explorers stop them

Commonwealth Club Longevity Explorers discuss the ubiquitous nature of nuisance calls from phone banks and computers, and how to avoid unscrupulous callers.



Explorer reports back on iPhones for Seniors for Dummies

Explorer Lyle tells the group that he has an iPhone user guide called 'iPhone for Seniors for Dummies'.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Using Technology is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Using Technology, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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