There are several reasons why video calling capabilities like Zoom and FaceTime are important for older residents:
- Convenience: Video calling allows all of us to connect with others without having to travel, which can be especially useful if our friends/relatives live far away, if the weather is inclement, if there are public health risks, and/or if we have busy schedules.
- Social interaction: Many older citizens live alone or are unable to leave their homes due to mobility limitations or health reasons. Video calling allows them to stay connected with friends and family, which can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Accessibility: If you are noticing that your hearing is not what it used to be, video calling (with adjustable volume) can be a very accessible form of communication. Screen adjustments can also be leveraged to overcome eyesight limitations.
- Health care: More and more physicians are using Telehealth to connect with their retired patients. Video calling for consultations and appointments, which can be especially useful during the COVID-19 pandemic, has become a standard operating procedure in medical care.
- Nurturing the Film Maker in You: For those of you who always wanted to be a film director and now have the time, capturing and saving video on platforms like Zoom can put film making on your bucket list.
Overall, video calling capabilities can help older citizens stay connected with loved ones and access important services, which will sustain their quality of life.