Skip to Main Content

Age should not be a barrier to embracing technology and the transformative power it holds. In an increasingly digital world, technological advancements have the potential to greatly enhance the lives of seniors.

We saw this firsthand in Sundre, Alberta where the Tech Tutoring program sponsored by Xplore opened a whole world for seniors by teaching them the ins and outs of their internet connected devices. Any seniors reading this can access some of this information via our 4 Tips for Tech-Savvy Seniors blog.

In the beautiful landscapes of rural Canada, where tight-knit communities thrive, technology has the power to uplift and empower seniors like never before. With the right tools and connectivity, seniors can find themselves empowered, engaged, and connected with the world around them. In this blog post, we will explore the various ways in which technology can transform rural seniors' lives and the benefits that come with embracing it.

Enhanced Communication and Social Connectivity

For seniors in rural areas who may face geographical barriers, Internet-connected devices serve as a virtual connector, breaking through the burden of isolation. In some more remote areas, seniors may struggle to get a mobile signal, but by embracing video calls, messaging apps, and social media platforms, seniors can easily stay connected with loved ones, engage in virtual gatherings, and strengthen social bonds. At the Annapolis Valley Regional Library in rural Nova Scotia, the Xplore-sponsored One-On-One Tech Help Program helped one senior see her grandson and great-grandson for the first time in years online.

Annapolis Valley Library - Xplore Sponsored Technical Help for Internet

And, with Xplore’s Home Phone service, they can get telephone service through their Internet connection. It’s heartwarming to witness a senior living in a small town in Newfoundland share stories and laughter with grandchildren residing in British Columbia, all with the help of technology.

Access to Services and Information

Technology provides rural Canadian seniors with avenues to access essential services and information that might have been otherwise difficult or impossible to reach. Online banking, shopping, and government services enable seniors to meet their daily needs without traveling long distances. Furthermore, having the internet at their fingertips grants seniors access to a world of information, from health resources and educational materials to cultural enrichment and personal interests. This newfound wealth of knowledge and accessible resources empowers rural seniors to continue learning and growing throughout their lives.

Telehealth and Remote Care

Healthcare is a fundamental aspect of well-being, and technology has revolutionized the way rural seniors access medical support. Telehealth services enable seniors to connect with healthcare professionals remotely, reducing the need for long and arduous journeys to clinics or hospitals. By leveraging video consultations, remote monitoring devices, and health apps, seniors can receive personalized care in the comfort of their own homes. These advancements ensure timely interventions, faster diagnoses, and improved overall health outcomes, while also boosting seniors' independence and peace of mind.

Carla, an Xplore customer, writer, disability advocate and senior who was born with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy told us that she credits her Internet connection with contributing to her mental, emotional and physical health. “Internet connection has allowed me to stay in my home and keeps me out of the hospital... My life would be considerably diminished without it,” she said.

Home Automation and Assistive Devices

Technology is also transforming seniors' living spaces by making them safer and more accessible. Smart home automation systems allow for voice-activated control of lights, thermostats, and security features, making daily tasks more convenient and manageable. Assistive devices such as mobility aids, hearing aids, and visual aids have also advanced significantly, allowing seniors to lead more independent lives and improving their overall quality of life.

Senior using a tablet with fast internet in rural Canada

The Latest in Entertainment Technology

High-speed rural internet is a bus ride ticket to the world's wonders, all at the fingertips of rural seniors. An octogenarian from a rural community once might have driven half an hour to their local library just to borrow a thriller novel. Today, with a reliable broadband connection, they breezily skim the virtual shelves of online libraries - all without leaving the comfort of their home. With access to countless movie streaming platforms, the film buffs among our elders no longer must miss out on the latest releases or their beloved classics. For more information about what streaming services are available, read our guide to cutting the chord, saving money and embracing the power of watching TV online.

When she’s not conquering competitors at online scrabble and connecting with fellow writers, Carla for example, goes online to stream her favourite British dramas. “It’s a nice diversion to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and watch a movie. I wouldn’t be able to do that without the Internet. The daily engagement with writers, with Scrabble players, with folks who like to bake, and cook has been a true lifeline for me.”

Xplore Enhances Rural Living for Seniors

At Xplore, we understand the transformative power of technology and connectivity in the lives of rural Canadian seniors. As a community-focused and forward-thinking company, we are committed to bridging the digital divide and fostering growth in rural communities. With Xplore Internet, seniors can access all that technology has to offer, from staying connected with loved ones to accessing essential services and information. Our commitment to community development means that we are not just a faceless corporation; we are a partner in seniors' journey towards a brighter future. Together, let's embrace the possibilities and unlock the full potential of technology for rural Canadian seniors, breaking down the barriers of age and enhancing overall well-being.

Visit our internet packages page to see what services are available where you live or call 1-877-605-3106 today.

Check to see Internet Packages available at your home!