computers, internet and social networking

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

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

Crisis avoidance with web cameras and other technology – why not?

Why wait for a crisis to decide to deploy web cameras in senior care?  Did you know that, according to the Administration on Aging, this  is the year of elder abuse prevention? Perhaps it should be the year for webcam deployment in all senior care settings, especially now that that the Frontline story aimed an investigative spotlight at assisted living. So I heard a story this week about an elderly person abused by a home care worker – not surprising, really, when a care recipient is frail and no one is around except the care provider.  The family subsequently placed a web camera in the home.  According to a family member, it was quite a deterrent for the subsequent hires, made aware from the start about its presence. Plus, it was as an enabler for day-time check-ins while an adult daughter was at work.  So why aren’t web cameras ubiquitous in senior care settings – especially to observe care activities like entrances and exits of workers when residents are less mobile, in bed or stranded in wheelchairs? Your opinions are welcome: >>> Read more . . .

The Disconnect Between Seniors and Technology Slowly Disappearing, According to New Study

Product manufacturers, electronics retailers and senior service providers continue to miss the mark.

08/15/2013

Social networks are too immature -- let's wait for the upgrade

Has social networking exploded among seniors? What should you think when you read that 43% of the 65+ (n= 356) are using social networking sites? So let’s get real -- that likely means Facebook, even though Pew wanted to throw in Twitter (and also LinkedIn and Google+). Today, 5% of the 65+ use Twitter and there's always a marketer who thinks one of the other new pet rock tools would be a good way to reach boomers.  But as of 2012, few seniors were using Pinterest, Tumblr, or Instagram.  So do you get excited and want to start marketing your senior products through Facebook ads? Stay calm -- we don't even know what 'using' means. Wolfram Alpha recently published a study – summarized in this article – about Facebook usage – 1 million Facebook users have opted in to let them look at this anonymous but interesting data set. While admittedly, this is a fraction of the Facebook population, one of their conclusions was: "Stacked against the U.S. Census, the age distribution on Facebook is extremely skewed toward younger people." Duh, no kidding. Good thing, too -- lurking on Facebook may not be so good for our mental health -- although some recommend it as a way for older adults to reduce loneliness. >>> Read more . . .

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