computers, internet and social networking

Includes PC simplification software, personal computers for seniors, home routers, web conferencing, Skype-related, social networking, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn

Online older adults do a better job of managing their health

How did we get people to quit smoking? Do you remember the early days when 'Smoking is bad for your health' ads (based on published research) emerged? In the 1960s, 44% of adults smoked. I thought of the research-based ads this week when Pew Research released an enormous report (94 pages) called The Diagnosis Difference, funded by the California Healthcare Foundation. In its many pages, the report makes two key points: 1) People with chronic diseases are less likely to have Internet access than those without chronic diseases --72% versus 89%, thus described as the "17-point difference." 2) Those with chronic diseases who are online use the Internet to find information as well as other people who share their chronic disease(s).  And – one more thing – 43% of the 65+ surveyed had two or more chronic conditions. Now you know, but what should you do? >>> Read more . . .

Grandparents Gone Wired Encourages Youth to Teach Tech at Grandma’s House this Holiday Season

11/25/2013

BOSTON – November 25, 2013 Young people will carve out some quality time with their older relatives during this year’s family gatherings by using their gaming and interactive skills to help grandparents find a place at the technology table. >>> Read more . . .

Who knows technology adoption of the real seniors -- aged 75+?

Accenture exaggerates wildly -- but what should we think?   Rant on. Accenture, seeing a void of 'information' to use to gain new clients, put out an obfuscating headline in a press release last week that precipitates pause. More than pause -- the need for a willing suspension of disbelief: Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage their Health.  To generate that headline, they surveyed 9015 adults internationally, including the US -- and, get this, of those, they included 200 aged 65+ Medicare recipients. Of course, 2 percent of the survey responders is what led some PR genius at Accenture to grab attention with that headline. So what's a senior, anyway?  Accenture was pitching global consulting services, naturally, and promoting the report that sat behind the headline -- intended for companies filled with young marketers trying to penetrate the mystique of consumers. But when Accenture foists a fact-like assertion, doesn't this make you want to know -- so what IS the technology adoption rate of the real seniors in the US? In September, Pew's researchers sent this along about those aged 76-80: 8.3% have a smart phone, 60.8 have a regular feature phone and 30.9% have neither type. Odds are that the 30.9% population is not online and thus won't be seeking a digital tool to manage their health. >>> Read more . . .

Bridging the Digital Divide...Offline in America

Washington Post special coverage about Internet non-users.

11/13/2013

Brookdale bets big on technology for dementia care

Steve Moran interviews Jack York of IN2L.

10/23/2013

LinkedIn's Elder Endorsers: Boomers Driving Growth

Boomers are big users of LinkedIn.

10/11/2013

Frontier Communications and Frontier Secure to Exhibit in AARP TEK Pavilion

10/01/2013
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--October 01, 2013-- 

Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ:FTR) announced today that its Frontier Secure business unit will exhibit products and services at the AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo in Atlanta October 3 -- 5, 2013. Frontier Secure will be in the AARP TEK Pavilion, reflecting the organization's focus on Technology, Education and Knowledge. >>> Read more . . .

Computer skills help seniors stay connected

26 million older adults remain offline.

09/26/2013

Tracking us online and on the go is making us nervous

Isn’t it cool that all of our technology knows us and our location? It’s a widening and wonderful tech world isn’t it? We are blessed with video and the web on our smart phones; social connections all around are endorsing and Linking us In. Best of all we can speak and ask our device stupid questions -- and get specific and even charming location-based answers. Siri, tell me,what is Pi to 500 places? That was easy, but how many miles (kilometers, inches) is it to Miami? How long will it take if I’m walking from where I am standing in Washington, DC? Unlike Trivial Pursuit -- where knowing the answer matters -- with our fabulous devices all you need is the question. And because your phone is on, your starting point is wherever you are RIGHT NOW. >>> Read more . . .

For seniors, online world presents challenges and opportunities

Older adults can reach out to others, even when they're alone, not possible for the 26 million older adults not online.

09/06/2013
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