Thanks To Technology, Now Is The Best Time To Be Old

By: Jody Smith

Baby Boomers may be the least prepared and most resistant generation that ever lived, when it comes to acceptance of aging. The music we listened to growing up declared, "Hope I die before I get old." Every generation has been taken by surprise by their gradual and inevitable transformation from immortal youth to looking like their parents. But Boomers built a life's philosophy around the belief that this would never happen to us.

Fortunately for us, we are becoming old at a time when technologies are taking the edge off many of the limitations that come with age. For instance, we don't have to be as strong and fit as we used to be in order to travel. We can plan trips around the globe if we choose from the comfort of an easy chair, and our computer.

We may not have the same ease with current technology as the young kids, but that's just because they were born to it so it's their first language. We've been growing into the technologies from Day One, as the technologies themselves have grown.

A click of the mouse can show you photos of the resort you're thinking about, even showing you what their rooms are like. Websites provide information and requirements about customs and travel options. Need to know if the airline provides special services for seniors? Click a link and find the answer.

One-stop shopping at its best. You can start out with a few vague preferences about what you might like to do, and search the net, narrowing your search as you go. You can explore the various types of travel on the net as well. Once you've made your choice, you can make your reservations and make payment without breaking a sweat, or indeed without ever leaving your chair.

Teens may feel like they have no life without a cell phone but these phones may be an even greater boon for seniors. And that goes double for seniors who are heading off on a trip.

Don't get sucked in by the belief out there that old people can't master new technologies. Especially when you're talking about technologies that are going to open the door to new freedoms. The senior who may need a little help has a new lease on life when they've got a cell phone on hand.

Adult children who are anxious about their parents' safety will be reassured by the fact that mom or dad has a cell phone. It's the reverse of the traditional parent/child dynamic. Now, the adult child can sleep at night knowing that mom or dad will phone -- or Facebook or Twitter or use some other social media means -- to say, they made it to their destination, that they've enjoyed a day trip and are back safely in their hotel room for the night.

Technology at its best.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for EmpowHER.com.

Sources:

Baby Boomers, Traveling and the Internet

http://www.travel247365.com/baby-boomers-travelling.php

The Must-Have Things for Baby Boomer Travels

http://www.just5.com/story.php?story=40820112245581711541348&page=blog

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