The benefits for retirees who stay abreast of modern technology are innumerable. If you want to have the best retirement life possible, you should embrace technology and get it working for you. It can help you:
- Stay in touch with family and friends,
- Be more sociable,
- Embrace life and learn more,
- Increase home safety,
- Receive medical information and treatment.
- Increase your opportunities to earn income
- Improve your fitness level
Let’s say you have joined the burgeoning group of the recently retired. You’ve got plenty of time to yourself, no work commitments, and are financially comfortable. It’s time to take advantage of your newfound freedom. The world is your oyster. In fact, you might have already started doing all the things that you’ve always wanted but never had the time. Perhaps, you are a bit overwhelmed and might be wondering what to do with all this new-found freedom and spare time, thinking, ‘What the heck do I do now?’
In both these scenarios, modern technology can be of great benefit and offer a variety of life-enhancing advantages.
Technology Can Help You to Stay in Touch With Loved Ones
Do you want to maintain contact with all your former work colleagues? Want to know how your grandchildren’s day was at school or how their Little League team is going? Want to get back in touch with friends and relatives with whom you’ve lost touch or haven’t seen in a long time?
Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and Snapchat are perfect for all of the above. They enable families, friends, and acquaintances to stay in regular contact with one another despite vast physical distances, and also enable people to meet and socialise with others both online and in real life.
Get to know Skype, Facetime, Messenger, Allo and Duo
Also, videophone services such as Facebook, Skype, Facetime, Goggle Allo and Google Duo enable people to talk to friends and family face-to-face via their device almost anywhere. You can talk to your grandchildren in person about their day at school, hear how they are mastering the recorder for their upcoming concert, or how, Abi’s 5th birthday was last weekend. You can do all this even if you live on opposite sides of the world. With technology, you can now take a much more active role in the lives of your family and really embrace the role of being a parent or grandparent without ever having to fly anywhere.
Technology Can Help You Be More Sociable
Many recently retired people find themselves with a lot of time on their hands, as they no longer need to get up and go to work each day. Not having the social connections with your work colleagues might cause you to be lonely. You may well be looking for excuses to get out of the house, meet new people, and take up new pastimes.
Looking to get out of the house, develop new interests and meet new people?
A simple Internet search can help you find clubs and community groups to help you do this. Also, the website MeetUp enables people of all ages to create and join groups based on shared interests – be it movies, dining out, cycling, stamp collecting, football, religion, wine, gardening, etc.
Did you know that you could also make new pen pals via the Internet? The website Global Pen Friends is for people all over the world to become pen pals. Through this website, you can choose to be an e-mail pen pal, a postal pen pal, or both. Check regularly 4Retirees Facebook page as we are creating local events for you to get involved and meet likeminded people.
These examples are just the tip of the Internet iceberg. Just know that modern technology can greatly encourage you to get out of the house and to meet people, and can greatly assist you in doing so.
Technology Can Help You To Embrace Life and Learn More
There’s more to life than just being social. And, technology can help you there too. Have you always wanted to learn Spanish? Or, trace your family tree? Want to try your hand at making a Peter Gilmore, MasterChef style snow egg? Maybe it’s time to embrace your inner-DaVinci but you need the right image for inspiration. Or do you feel the time is right for you to plan that round the world holiday and need to do some geo-research? Well, modern technology and Google tools, like Google Maps, YouTube, and Google Image search and many other google products that are free resource, teaching, and information sites are available at your fingertips. Once you master technology and focus it on your interests and dreams, you’ll wonder how you ever had time to work!
Technology can also greatly assist you right from your very own home, freeing up time that was wasted on the mundane while cutting out travel time. Thanks to modern technology, you can now do your shopping and your banking on-line without leaving the comfort of your own home, so you have more time for what you love and you can even shop in your pyjamas if you wish!
Technology Can Increase Your Safety and Security
You can also use modern technology to increase your safety and security. For example, some retirement villages, apartments, and even individual homeowners are harnessing the latest in digital security camera equipment to increase the safety and security of residents. High-tech digital cameras not only deter the criminals they also give better picture quality than analogue ones, and subsequently make intruders easier to identify. Also, the fact that they are wireless makes them easier to position in the required locations, while enabling their signals to be fed to the monitoring stations. And if you’re out most days, some monitoring tools can be viewed right from your smart phone giving you peace of mind knowing everything is secure at home.
Technology Can Help You to Receive Medical Information and Treatment
You can also harness modern technology for medical purposes. Find health related websites, healthy eating options, read the latest research and read information to help prevent things like arthritis and heart disease. Ask ‘Dr Google’ questions that you may have forgotten to ask your GP, or better yet, do your research first so you can have a more detailed and informed discussion with your healthcare practitioner.
‘Dr Google’ can help but don’t rely solely on the information you find.
Another example of how technology can help is the emergence of what is known as “telehealth”. This is the practice of medical practitioners such as doctors and nurses harnessing modern communication technology, such as Skype, in order to communicate with patients and with each other. Doctors and patients no longer need to be in the same room together for a consultation to happen. Thus, if you live a long way from any medical clinics, you will no need to travel long distances for medical consultation, and doctors will no longer have to travel long distances to see you.
There are also what are known as “health tracking” technologies. Very handy for seniors or anyone with a health condition like diabetes. Health tracking technologies such as apps and cloud-based record-keeping enable senior citizens and their caregivers to have regular access to the former’s health information, such as medical conditions, medical contacts, medication schedules, etc.
Technology can help you Supplement your Income on Retirement
If it were not for technology, 4Retirees wouldn’t exist. We are an online community that brings together people with years of experience and the latest opportunities.
We will connect you to the power to unlock your maximum earning potential no matter what your age or situation! If you want to earn money in retirement, if you are looking for a part time jobs for retired people, flexibility and freedom that brings that extra cash to enjoy yourself then you’re in the right place. 4Retirees was created so you can access new ways to put your experience to work, like sharing your skills, both on and offline, while profiting from the opportunities in the on-demand sharing economy.
Take the first step.
Complete the our free flexible jobs match for over 60s and expand your options.
Technology Can Help You Improve Your Fitness Level
Whether you are tracking the number of steps you take each day through your Fitbit App or booking a session with your physiotherapist through HealthEngine or easing into the day with your ow-impact exercise for mind and body using one of Daily Yoga’s convenient workout plans, you will see how this technology enhanced world of “apps for everything” can add to your fitness in ways you never even imagined.
And watch this space, for we take fitness seriously here at 4Retirees . In fact, we will be posting new exercises daily as part of our “getfit4retirees” program. You will find links to these through our social media channels as well, so keep watch for great options, resources, tips and techniques so that you can become the fitness and most fabulous retired you possible.
How 4Retirees helps Unlock These Benefits and More
So, there you have it, these are just seven different areas where leveraging the power of contemporary technology can benefit you and help you to live the best retirement possible.
You are not alone!
You might be thinking, “This is all good news. But, I have trouble keeping up-to-date with all the modern technology. It goes over my head and I can’t keep up.”
If this is you, trust us when we say, “You are not alone!”
In 2012, Pew Research conducted a poll of Americans aged 65 or over. Only 18 per cent of those polled felt comfortable using a new device such as a smartphone or tablet, while three quarters of them said they would need to be shown how to use them.
In another study in 2014 Deakin University conducted a study that found that mobile telephone contracts were too complicated for many people, so again, you are not alone. They’re too complicated for most of us.
Around 2.7 million Australians aged 50 years and over have little or no engagement with the online world, according to research from the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, published in June of this year (2018).
The research also shows what you probably already know, “that a major fear factor exists among older Australians who have low digital literacy, with technology often proving to be intimidating, reinforced by a lack of confidence to ask for help or knowledge of where to find it.”
THAT IS EXACTLY WHY 4RETIREES IS HERE!
We are here for (4) you! We can help keep you informed daily so you too can get the most of technology from understanding your mobile contract, to which device is right for you, to finding all the great resources on the Internet. This is where 4Retirees can be of great service.
Our growing community provides regular information and tips on the modern technologies that retirees can tap into and shows you how to use them. We give you all the information you need, and in layperson’s, terms so it’s simple to understand and delivered in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Connect with other retirees via 4Retirees
Regularly visiting our website will make you a modern technology expert in no time. We bet that you will be showing your grandchildren what the latest in technology, rather than vice versa.
As a retiree, you can connect with other retirees via our 4Retirees’ Facebook page. You can share what you have learnt and ask others for advice.
If you want to make some extra money to finance all these new retirement goals and dreams, you are in the right place!
We’ll help you every step along the way
So do you want to meet people and make connections? Learn more about technology? Enjoy your hobbies and interests? Share your skills? Work on your terms, or earn more than you thought possible?
Want to get started now? We’ll help you every step along the way.
The flexible job opportunities for retirees available to you depend on your skills, interests and experience. Take our free flexible jobs match. Get your personalised list of flexible jobs opportunities one day, start making extra money the next!
What kinds of jobs are out there? How do you find them? What skills do they need? How much can I earn? Join our growing community and we’ll answer all these questions and more.
Retirement is certainly changing. Welcome to the modern version of it. Your journey has only just begun. 4Retirees will be there with you every step of the way to mentor you and ensure that you get access to the tools for making it the best retirement possible!
We wish you many lively and fruitful connections.
Go ahead. Tell us your story!
Your, 4Retirees team