Studies have shown that loneliness can affect life expectancy.  Now more than ever, it is easier to stay connected with family and friends thanks to technology.  Learning new technology may seem like a daunting task, but the benefits will become evident with some assistance and time.

A major benefit to technology is communication.  Skype and similar programs allow people to keep in touch with family and friends near or far.  These programs are better than the typical phone call because you can see the person on the other end on video so it’s like they are in the same room with you.  During these cold months, you can video call a friend and “meet for coffee” from across the world while in the warmth of your home.

Skype and similar programs are accessible on mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets, which are very user-friendly because of the touchscreen/point-and-click design.  These devices are equipped with a built-in camera and microphone making it possible to video call someone from anywhere.

Once the doors are open, the possibilities are endless.  Technology is a great tool for seniors to stay social and connected with family and friends.