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With the increasing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age. which will soon be the Baby Boomers (U. a). Hindrances are existent throughout the Human Services field. .Technology Solutions In working with their clients. Computers would enable Human Services professionals to create better evaluation and plans in a timely manner. IT can be utilized to manage the massive amounts of data to assist various clients. Some of the most essential aspects within the Human Services field include the gathering of data. Typically. With the use of IT computer systems and programs. human services professionals know that trials are inevitable. Another emerging issues and obstacles that arose from providing services to the elderly are the declining physical and mental abilities of the population due to aging. there is also an increasing amount of resources created that will be allocated to services for the elderly. Census Bureau. obstacles and issues are always existing that could affect the productivity and service. Information Technology (IT) is just one of the tools that can be used to help the individuals that worked in the Human Services field to address a seemingly overwhelming problem. Human Services are addressing these issues with the utilization of recent technological advances to enhance the quality of life of an aging population. these areas can all be improved.S. in any field that involves dealing with people. The unwillingness of the elderly people to learn and to have modern technology and electronics is another issue that should not be understated. 2011. The tools that are provided through IT can become even more significant with a single hindrance to Human Services professionals that would be going any time soon. planning and development and funding. Searching for possible ways to overcome these hindrances has become the usual part of their job.
Also. word processor programs are more than that. All the information would be stored in a database. which is a form of GPS technology. Detailed reports can easily be acquired from the database in order to monitor the client’s important information such as who needs home assistance or who needs a doctor’s visit. For instance. GIS can would be used to locate and rescue them. . enables senior citizens with failing faculties to have more freedom and dignity. addresses and contact details of the client. the Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Creating a database can be done by just inputting all the relevant information into the computer.According to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) that. Other technologies that can be used by the Human Services professionals are software applications such as word processors and database programs (AAHSA. In addition. word processors and databases can be used to gather mailing lists and generate address labels. Anything that could be written on paper can be converted electronically and stored into the computers. the GIS technology and its improvements could provide a peace of mind to family caregivers that their elderly parents or grandparents are well taken care of and are receiving excellent quality care that they would expect. Aside from writing reports. A database would contain information such as names. 2011). This would include having the ability to keep organized reports on every elderly client. In addition. “Advancements in technology could play a key role in geriatric care” (AAHSA. word processors could serve as an appointment record and writing memos. 2011). In case an elderly person would be lost from their and suffers from a fall. Databases are very flexible and would be a great help for a Human Services worker. The data would then be stored into a database which can easily be retrieved if needed.
Just the idea of using the latest technology can be a burden for most elderly Americans. Catering to the needs of the elderly. this attitude amongst the elderly is gradually changing since the recent technologies are becoming more user-friendly. . it could also be used as reminder for an individual to take his medicine. there are some aspects that the elderly person cannot avoid. However. Also. The existence of cell phones and the internet has greatly helped the Human Services worker and the emergency worker. Most of the cell phone units that are in the market today have an alarm feature. if a Human Service worker wants to know the number of elderly clients living in a certain location or even in a certain building. Some of these ways are now being embraced. For instance. they would not need to memorize the phone number they wanted to call and they could contact their family members easily. This feature would be helpful someone of an appointment. the use of computers seems to be very complicated to learn for most elderly people.A Human Services worker would then have the ability to access the information anywhere else provided that there is a computer. The numbers of ways wherein the word processors and databases can be used are limitless. The elderly people may not be able to utilize the other features that a cell phone can do but at least with the speed dial feature. more cell phones are now equipped with the GIS technology. Also. database can accumulate valuable information that would be needed in preparation of financial reports which is important for funding and budget allocation. As technology still continues to get better. the information can be easily retrieved from the database. One example would be the use of cell phones. Moreover.
the attitude will soon be changed. In the many areas in the Human Services field.It is definitely hard to change a lifetime fear and distrust of new things. b). this would still be one of the issues that the Human Services professionals would be facing and should be addressed. .S. Census Bureau. the Human Services professionals and the elderly would benefit more. The utilization of technology has been a great impact and provided a lot of ways to go through the obstacles to enhance the service and ease the burden of the Human Services worker. technology can be very beneficial (U. technology and the Human Services field are closely integrated which make it seem impossible to go back to the “old way” of doing things. 2011. However. Until then. any technology has its limitation. Undeniably. However. At this point. by overcoming these limitations. with the emergence of new programs and apps that are tailored for the elderly people.