Posts tagged ‘Technology’

OMG! My Grandparents R My BFF!

Young adults texting. Socializing on cellphones.Forget the Sunday night phone call. Grandparents and grandkids are connecting— and connected—as never before.

Certainly, it’s nothing new that kids are plugging in and staying connected. But what is new is that it may be a grandparent on the other end of that virtual tin can—and that technology is bridging the vast age and distance gap that has long divided the generations. “A group of us was having dinner, and one woman had to tell her husband to put his iPod Touch away. He was emailing his grandchildren,” says Mary Henderer, a Wilmington, Del., grandmother of four.

It’s a perfect storm of demographics and technology.

As a group, grandparents and grandchildren have plenty in common. They have free time, disposable income for gadgets and gizmos, and a keen interest in staying in touch with people. continue reading>>

Source: The Wall Street Therapy

ICAA Names Top 10 Trends in Active Aging

Although there’s been tremendous coverage of Boomers turning 65, the fact remains that many millions of people are also turning 50. Those individuals are entering the active-aging market with needs and desires that will help shape the industry, starting now…

1. More wellness programs.
2. More wellness professionals.
3…continue reading>>

Source: Benzinga

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

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

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 )

Keeping an eye on Mom and Dad

LUKE SHARRETT/THE NEW YORK TIMES FILE PHOTO

Elizabeth Roach uses a monitor that displays e-mail, photos, games and her blood pressure, in her home in Harrisonburg, Va.

It has been hard for the 81-year-old South Carolina great grandmother to get away with much the last two years, since her daughter started monitoring her every move, blood-pressure blip and weight fluctuation via computer from her home five kilometres away…

Howe has heart problems. She needs to take her medication and watch what she eats. When she doesn’t, her daughter Sandra Pierce knows almost immediately via email or phone alerts, thanks to the remote monitoring technology GrandCare Systems. continue reading>>

Source: Susan Pigg (thestar.com, September 10, 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 (SeniorJournal.com, August 27, 2010)

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