Tech Check-Ins: Using Technology to Stay Connected With Family

Technology has continued to change dramatically within our lifetime and makes it easier than ever to keep in touch with loved ones around the world. No matter the physical distance between you, there are plenty of ways you can use technology to stay connected with your children and grandkids, even now as we must practise safe social distancing.

Grandparents Stay Connected With Grandkids 

Grandkid-friendly platforms are easy-to-use

There are dozens of straightforward video conference and instant messaging platforms available that don’t require you to be tech-savvy to use. For example, Zoom has become increasingly popular thanks to its user-friendly interface and ability to connect several people in various locations with a single video chat.

FaceTime is a similar video conference application that’s easily accessible since it comes pre-downloaded on all Apple products such as an iPad or iPhone. Alternatively, the Facebook Messenger for Kids app is a great tool if you have young grandchildren. It allows you to send messages and video-chat, but the app is managed through a parent’s Facebook account for the child’s safety.


Play fun online games

Even if you live far apart, you can still spend quality time with your grandkids. There are countless apps and online games that can be played with people anywhere in the world. If you like card games, there are digital versions of Uno and Cribbage. If you prefer trivia games and brainteasers, give Kahoot or Scattergories a try. Ask your children or grandkids to do a quick Google search for online games the whole family will enjoy! You can even invite family members from across the world to join in the fun.


Be involved by video chat

No matter where you are, video conference platforms can make you feel like you’re right there alongside your family. Give your children a call just before supper so you can enjoy your meal together. Alternatively, you can talk the next generation through baking one of your signature recipes over FaceTime. Do some of your grandkids play musical instruments? Consider turning your next Zoom call into a mini recital for family members across the country.


Take advantage of on-site tech assistance

If you do not have your own smartphone, tablet or computer, speak with a staff member at your retirement community.  At specified facilities staff members may be able to help facilitate your telephone call, Face-Time, or other online connection in addition to help navigate the platform or app that you want to use.  Currently some of our facilities are currently working to loan their residents an iPad or smartphone device through donations so they can stay connected with friends and family members throughout these challenging times.


Find the Right Retirement Community For You

At Retirement Concepts, we know modern technology will revolutionize assisted senior living by allowing you to stay connected with the people who matter most to you from anywhere in the world. Contact us today for more information about the services offered at our various retirement community locations in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec.