Written by Kathryn Eyring
“Grandma, let me teach you how to text.”
“No! I’m too old to start messing around with my phone like YOU do!
Is Grandma missing out?
Texting can be life-changing in many GOOD ways. Older adults can be more connected socially and even feel more loved.
Change is hard, even as we’re aging gracefully, but learning later in life is especially challenging.
As a Health Coach, I know people are resistant to change. Otherwise, we’d ALL be eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and working on cognitive skills throughout our lives, right?
Even though change can be difficult, it makes me sad to think of what an adult is potentially missing without texting.
Have you been trying to persuade someone to learn to text? Share this article for someone to understand the advantages of texting.
Here are 5 Reasons to Learn to Text…
- Our brains thrive on novelty. If you don’t believe this, watch my interview with Teepa Snow, a leading dementia expert, who explains it. If someone says learning to text is too HARD, just say, “Mom, it’s good for you! Remember when you used to tell me to eat my spinach? Well, it’s kinda like that, only more for the brain.”
- It’s good to be connected with people that love you. Messages and pictures from friends, children, or grandchildren are uplifting and they remind us that someone is thinking of us. Who wouldn’t love to see a photo of someone on vacation, children doing something fun or a cute new puppy?
- Worry LESS. Did you ever say, “Let me know when you get there”? Make it easier! You’re MORE likely to get a TEXT that takes 5 seconds than a phone call that takes longer. When my son arrived in Mexico this week, I received a photo of him on the beach with a beautiful sunset, and his text said, “We’re here!”
- People may seem more polite. You’re more likely to get information like, “I’m running 5 minutes late” by text because a phone call takes 10 times longer to make!
- You’ll be better informed. “Dad, Jim is out of surgery and the doctor said he did well!” There are some situations when you can be informed by text when a phone call just cannot be made.
When I have to cancel a fitness class last-minute, I appreciate that even students in their 90s are texting now. I would never be able to make 30 phone calls, especially if I’m sick!
If YOU aren’t texting yet, consider these 5 reasons above to help bust through your resistance!
I want to know… What’s YOUR opinion on the matter?
Do you text? Do you think there’s a benefit to texting?
Have you tried to get someone to learn texting, but they have refused?
Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!