Funerals Evolve as the Over-50s Embrace Technology  

Technology was largely the domain of the young in the past. Many older people didn’t want to take it on because it seemed too complicated, and it was the younger generation who understood technology and lived by the trends. Today, however, everything is changing.  

Older people are much more comfortable with technology than ever before. They own laptops, desktops, and mobile devices, and they’re internet savvy. Here are some interesting facts about technology and people over fifty.  

  • A large percentage of older people are internet users. In fact, 87% of people aged 50-64 and 66% of those over 65 are online.  
  • The older generation is very involved in social media. Surprisingly, 64% of people aged 50-64 use social media while over a third of people 65+ stay connected on social media. They also tend to play favorites with seniors favoring Facebook, followed by Twitter where the fastest growing demographic are people over the age of 55!  
  • Things like live-streaming are becoming easier to use. With sites like YouTube, Facebook Live and Netflix making it easy for viewers to stream video, even older adults can live-stream like pros.  
  • Mobile technology is big. 95% of Americans own cell phones, and 77% of those phones are smartphones. That number drops somewhat over age 50, but not as much as you might think: 73% of those 50-64 own smartphones, and so do 46% of those over 65. Interestingly, tablets are even more popular among people over 55 than smartphones.  

What does this have to do with funerals? As these over-50s start planning funerals, they’re going to want technologically advanced options. At Chapel of the Chimes Hayward, we offer services like online obituaries with photos, videos, and guest books, and memorial DVDs played during the service or visitation. If you have a specific technological service in mind for your loved one’s funeral, talk to us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.  

Chapel of the Chimes Hayward has been serving families in our community since 1872, building a reputation for quality and sincerity while creating respectful, life-honoring services. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past 145 years, and we’re committed to keeping up to date, to better serve the families who trust us. Call us at (510) 400-4442 to learn how we can help you plan a tech-savvy funeral with a ceremony that truly honors the life your loved one lived.

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