Seniors at Holiday Retirement communities embrace WiFi
Holiday Retirement residents aren’t letting their younger counterparts have all the fun when it comes to surfing the ‘net and embracing the World Wide Web. In fact, according to Senior Housing News, 71 percent of seniors go online every day.
From staying up to date with friends and loved ones across the country or around the globe, to keeping tabs on finances and paying bills the eco-friendly way, Holiday Retirement residents are demonstrating just how tech savvy they can be—well into their 70s, 80s and 90s!
Carl Mullison, 78, from Holiday Retirement's Golden Oaks, was quite pleased when his Yucaipa, California, retirement community announced the availability of Wi-Fi.
“It’s very important to me because there are no charges to me, I have access to other people and I can use it anywhere in the community. Listening to music while coloring in the activity room on my phone is nice, and I’m not charged for the usage.”
Ron Stafford, 67, from Holiday Retirement's Jordan Oaks, has discovered the wonders of the internet to help slow the progression of his vascular dementia.
“Along with listening to music, reading and walking, the computer has become a tool to slow the progression of my vascular dementia. Now, my grandchildren’s sports schedules and American Civil War programs are the sites I enjoy going to frequently.”
Emmett Dillard, 99, also from Jordan Oaks, keeps himself on his nearly centenarian toes with social media sites.
“I have used the Wi-Fi with complete satisfaction. Most often I’m using it to look up information, email my friends and family and check out social media.”
As Shelia Bullock, enrichment coordinator at Jordan Oaks explained, Emmett often uses the funny quotes and stories that come to him from friends and family to make living at Jordan Oaks a more enjoyable experience by sharing them with other residents.
These three residents are just a few of the many, many examples of how residents are enjoying Wi-Fi at Holiday Retirement’s senior living communities. After all, as Tess Aiello, resident enrichment manager for Holiday Retirement, explained in this A Place for Mom article, “Giving [our residents] the opportunity to stay connected and involved isn’t an option. It’s a must.”
Come explore what life is like at a Holiday Retirement community near you or a loved one and hear more of these wonderful resident stories!