Posts tagged ‘computers’

Teens Take Elders to Tech Boot Camp

Al Kouba, who lives in Bend, Ore., was told by his son in California that his family’s Christmas letter would only be posted on Facebook—not mailed …

So he turned to a technology expert: his 15-year-old granddaughter, Marlee Norr. But as Marlee explained the steps to log on to the social-networking site, Mr. Kouba protested: “Look, kid, I’m 77 years old! I’m not quite as swift as I used to be.” Both laughed, says Marlee, also of Bend, and she agreed to “back up and slow down.” continue reading>>

Source: Wall Street Journal

Let’s Bring Aging Americans Into the Information Age

Closeup of Laptop As young Americans have become the most tech-savvy generation in history, the generations preceding them have not kept pace – to the detriment of their economic and even physical well-being…

These workers share a great and growing need for training in computer skills. But this training must be tailored to their learning styles, so that it does not leave them even more intimidated, frustrated, and unprepared. continue reading>>

Source: Marcia Kerz (The Huffington Post )

Philadelphia Senior Center Opens ‘Internet Cafe’

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Internet Cafe at Philadelphia Senior CenterWith a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday morning, the Philadelphia Senior Center officially opened its new internet cafe — with ten computers.

KYW’s Michelle Durham reports that some of the computers will remain in the cafe but others are portable so the seniors can take them anywhere in the building.

After the ribbon cutting, Barbara and Betty were among the first in line to see the computers. Barbara has her own laptop at home and she plans to bring it in to the wireless senior center.

“They are on there. But I think more of them need to understand that they need to learn to use the computer. They really do because this is the world we live in now. Everything is computerized so they really need to learn.”

Source: Michelle Durham (KYW1060, September  2010)

Senior Citizens, Other Older Adults Catching Up Fast in Use of Internet Social Media

Older female adult using laptopSocial networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has nearly doubled — from 22% to 42% over the past year.

Half (47%) of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four (26%) users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites.

While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Although email continues to be the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, many users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications — sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates with a growing network of contacts. continue reading>>

Source: Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project (, August 27, 2010)

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