Research shows that every second one senior is added to the aging population of the world so as the growing popularity of senior citizens going online is increasing. The benefits of Internet are tremendous helping them to live happier life after retirement.
Mental benefits. Knowledge of the Internet will
help the senior citizens improve their mental alertness. Aside from
the vast information from the Internet, it is also a great source for
video games. Why video games? According to the Psychology and Aging
magazine, playing video games helps improve the cognitive functions of
seniors which normally decline during old age. Strategy video games
helps in keeping their brains razors sharp, and improve their eye-hand
coordination. Gaming Industry is now looking into possibility of
developing more video games tailored for seniors, and that they will be
their highest next target market in the future.
Establish a home-based online business. Seniors who worked specially from corporate office for so many years will still have the opportunity to earn after retirement. Examples are selling products, stock photography,
and offer services online. Another freelance home based job is to be an
content online writer. It enables them to share their expertise,
knowledge and wisdom acquired through the years.
Shopping is just one click away. Purchasing online
is the best thing that happened for seniors. It means that they can
shop in the comfort of their home since mobility is their main concern.
Explore the world through the Internet. Not all seniors have the chance to travel due
to financial and health reasons. Now the Internet gives the seniors
atleast the opportunity to explore the world more by browsing and
watching videos online . The Internet is a tool to continue learning by
browsing the Internet to get more information especially about health and fitness. Watching tutorial videos related to their interests such as painting, playing the piano, gardening, flower arrangements, cooking, travel, and among others.YouTube is the most popular video site for various categories.
Emotional benefits. Uplift the spirit through
online communication with family and friends. It enhanced self-esteem, a
more cheerful outlook, gain independence, and feel much happier that
they still experience to interact more to people. The Internet creates
new life for them and that makes them feel young again.
Instant Messengers : Skype and Yahoo
Messenger are the two most popular free service chat providers that
seniors can avail. Video conferencing is the most satisfying experience
that enable them to see live and talk with their loved ones who are
away from home.
Facebook is the most popular social
networking site that brings family and friends together. Share photos,
chat online, play games, search old friends and more. What an exciting
experience to reconnect with old friends to whom they have lost
throughout the years.
Help build grandparents relationship with their grandchildren. Many
seniors or grandparents feel they are being left behind because they
cannot cope up with the world. With Internet knowledge, seniors can
still catch up with their grandchildren bridging the gap between them.
Having a common activity together in the Internet with the grandparents
and the grandchildren helps build a better relationship.