Ever since the coronavirus pandemic swept the nation, our lives have changed drastically. Words and phrases like “social distancing” have gone from unknown to everyday vocabulary. This situation has changed the way we shop, travel, and interact with others.
We’ve all seen the inspiring headlines: “A WWII Veteran Finally Gets His Diploma at 95”, “82-Year-Old Woman to Graduate With Nursing Degree”, “Older Americans Are Learning to Code and They're Getting Good.”
The individuals in these uplifting, feel-good articles inspire others with their drive and accomplishments. Believe it or not, though, these stories are not uncommon—today, more adults than ever are seeking to continue their education after retirement. Whether it’s to complete an abandoned degree, or simply to be immersed in the joy of learning, going back to school and other forms of continuing education are becoming increasingly popular for older adults.
Technology has enhanced our lives in countless ways; we can order groceries from the comfort of our homes, watch movies anywhere, anytime, and stay connected with friends and family during a time of unprecedented distancing. Technology makes our lives more convenient, but it also has the ability to enrich our lives and, in some cases, improve our health.
As a family caregiver, even with the help of family, friends, and respite care, trying to keep everything organized and prepared can get complicated. There’s a lot on your plate—managing medication, scheduling appointments, tracking health information, organizing documents, and more—all while caring for your parent or family member.
The digital era is upon us. With constant technological advancements, the world is more connected than ever. In the palm of your hands, you can have a powerful device that gives you access to friends and family around the world, information, and more. Not only can these digital tools connect us, but they can also help to improve our lives.