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  • Writer's pictureElise Quevedo

Too old for tech? Think again. Hitachi talks to 87 year old app developer Masako Wakamiya



It wasn't long ago, that a "hater" said to me:

"You need to be careful, you are getting older and in a few years no one wants to see content from an "old" lady, the tech world is for the younger people."

I don't often eye-roll, but I did and of course, I laughed it off. Haters will be haters! we cannot change them.


So when I hear stories such as the one from Hitachi Global of an 87-year-old app developer on creating an age-inclusive workplace, it reminds me I have a long way to go yet ;)

As we move further into the digital age, it's easy to think that technology is only meant for the young and tech-savvy. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, technology has a lot to offer to the older generation, and it's time we start celebrating the benefits it brings.


Firstly, technology has made it easier than ever for seniors to stay connected with their loved ones. With video conferencing software, messaging apps, and social media, seniors can now stay in touch with family and friends from all over the world. They can see their grandchildren's faces, hear about their lives, and even attend virtual family gatherings. This can be a lifeline for seniors who may feel isolated or lonely.


In addition, technology can also help seniors maintain their independence. With home automation systems, seniors can control their homes with ease, from turning on lights to adjusting the temperature. This can be especially helpful for those with mobility issues or disabilities. And with wearable technology, seniors can monitor their health and stay safe in case of emergencies.


Another benefit of technology for seniors is access to information. With the internet, seniors can learn about anything they want, from history to cooking to current events. They can also stay up-to-date with the latest medical research and treatments, which can help them manage their health more effectively.


Finally, technology can provide seniors with new opportunities to learn, explore, and have fun. From online courses to virtual travel experiences, seniors can expand their horizons and try new things. And with gaming and other forms of entertainment, seniors can stay mentally engaged and active.


In short, technology has a lot to offer to the older generation. It can help seniors stay connected, maintain their independence, access information, and have fun.


So let's embrace technology and all the benefits it brings, no matter our age.


(video copyright of Hitachi Global)


Keep on smiling... Keep on believing… Keep on being YOU…


Elise Quevedo


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