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More than ever, seniors taking advantage of technology, Internet

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The digital world can be overwhelming for older adults who did not grow up with digital devices, social media or online bill pay.

Technology is now used in every facet of life, providing added convenience, connectivity and speed to nearly every daily task.

Older adults are discovering the benefits of joining the digital age and learning how to be tech-savvy seniors.

Statistics from the Pew Research Center find 6 out of 10 seniors use the Internet, up from 15 percent in 2000.

Technology has proven to be a simple way to help seniors to stay in touch with family and friends.

More than 78 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have a cell phone, according to Pew data. Many seniors are replacing their computers with tablets because of the larger screen, and the ability to share photos or video chat on mobile devices and tablets.

Seniors can continue to live independently with the help of devices that monitor medication management or sense when someone has fallen. Phone apps can help improve one’s quality of life, assisting with daily tasks or connecting to a doctor’s office for a medical question or prescription refill.

Despite some challenges facing seniors when it comes to technology, most who become Internet users make visiting the digital world a regular occurrence.

Among older adults who use the Internet, 71 percent go online every day or nearly every day, and an additional 11 percent go online three to five times per week, according to Pew Research Center.

Retirement communities like Heritage Woods of Yorkville offer a variety of technology options for its residents. Among the amenities offered, Heritage Woods of Yorkville features a library/computer room that offers access to a desktop computer if a resident does not have one available.

Heritage Woods of Yorkville, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult, 242 Greenbriar Road, Yorkville, IL 60560, 630.882.6502,

www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsyorkville