The internet is a wonderful tool for information, shopping and keeping in touch with family and friends. With email replacing mail, or “snail mail”, as it is now called, you can keep in touch with your friends even faster. For a senior in an assisted living situation, there are plenty of websites that will deliver necessary items to your home if your mobility is limited.
What is Email?
Email is a fast form of communication, delivering text or web addresses right to your inbox. Think of the email as your letter and the inbox as your mailbox. Usually when you mail a letter, it can take up to 3 days for your letter to reach it’s destination. With email, delivery is almost instant.
Use caution when you open emails, especially from email addresses you are not familiar with. If anyone asks for personal information, such as social security numbers, physical addresses or phone numbers in an email, report it immediately, as this is most likely a phishing scam in which people steal your information over the internet. Your bank will never ask for any of your information in an email, so if you receive an email, even if it states the name of your bank, do not provide any information. If you are unsure if it is your bank contacting you, pick up the phone and give them a call. Be wary of confusing emails from people you know. If someone sends you an email that is out of character for that person like “Hey, this website is cool! Check it out!” and the link looks suspicious, contact your friend. They may have what is called a worm on their computer.
Shopping online is a great tool for seniors in an assisted living situation to get the items they need without having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Sites like Amazon have scheduled deliveries. You can have items you regularly use sent to your house every week, bi-weekly or whenever you need them.
Save the Trees!
Did you know that you can read most newspapers online now? Even if you are from New York and are now living in Los Angeles, you can still look at the NY Post Online and find out everything that is going on in your hometown. Major sites like Yahoo, CNN and Huffington Post also report the news. You can save trees by not purchasing newspapers anymore.
If you want to save more trees, sign up to pay your bills online and select the option to receive online billing only. You will also save the trouble of having to write out checks every month.
The internet is a great place for information. Don’t let the threat of viruses stop you from enjoying it. Be careful where you go on the internet and keep an eye out for suspicious things like emails asking for your information and you should be fine.