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Technology web site offers computer training programs for older adults

Don’t let those technology gifts you received from well-meaning younger relatives stay in boxes this year: pull them out, plug them in and tune in to a computer class or other technology training programs available for older adults. Once you become familiar with some of these products, you’ll see how they can make your life easier and more enjoyable.

The new Technology & Aging Coalition of San Diego County can help you learn where to go for classes. The web site provides a listing of many technology education options that are available. There is also a list of computer clubs for older adults. continue reading>>

Source: San Diego County News

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 (SeniorJournal.com, August 27, 2010)

For elderly, wired world holds terror – or delight

How do your grandparents feel about computers?

They grew up in a time when technology meant a wall telephone, a TV set with three channels, and a radio. Today they’re in the midst of a monumental transition. While some senior citizens are handling the rapid rise of the Internet age well — e-mailing, posting family photos on Facebook, paying bills online — for many it has prompted sheer terror.

To read full article, written by Sam Allis (Global Staff), visit Boston.com

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