Technology Helps Seniors Stay in Touch Across Generations

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old, and every day, they’re redefining what it means to grow older. At GreatCall, we truly believe that technology is transforming the way Americans age, and have seen its positive impact first-hand. As a company that creates products and services that work together to allow older adults to stay safe, connected and healthy, stories of older adults inspire us every day.

To that end, we recently challenged documentary filmmakers to tell a story to start a conversation about what growing older means in our current culture, and maybe even how technology is impacting that journey. Here is filmmaker Michael Ulmer’s thoughts on his take on this subject.

This is Grandma, call me back

“Sometimes the best stories are right under your nose. My grandma has always been in the know about the latest technology, but one day it hit me, she was born in 1935 and she now books flights on her phone. That’s crazy. As a traveling filmmaker, I spend a lot of time away from my family, so anytime I get the chance to combine family time and my passion I jump on it. My grandma Donna and I sat down together and talked about what it has been like growing older and adapting to new technology over the years. I sat and listened to stories from her past that I had never heard. In that moment, I learned more about her than I did in 29 years. Her passion for staying up to date with technology is so she can stay in touch with her family, the most important thing to her.”

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2 thoughts on “Technology Helps Seniors Stay in Touch Across Generations

  1. kai winding
    August 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Older people are so under valued here in America.
    Technology changes, but basic human behavior has not evolved that much.
    We need to listen to older people and learn.

  2. bryanne Ineson
    August 10, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Back in the day there was commercial for a product to provide headache relief called Excedrin. Their catch phrase was “your own headache is always the worse”. After reading this piece watching the video and I find “me” sailing into my elder years and reviewing kai windings comment I’m reminded of that commercial those many years ago and am able to absolutely validate the truth in both.

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