Tablets Help Elderly with Digital Divide?
A Michigan State University study found it easier for seniors to use a Tablet rather than say, a laptop for connecting to the web. Tablets are lighter & smaller but they also allowed participants in the study to maneuver online without having to use a mouse.
Professor Shelia Cotton said “The dexterity required to control a mouse is really hard for some older adults. A certain level of muscle control is needed. And some older adults have shaking issues, in addition to muscle-control issues in their hands and arms.”
Getting online does help the elderly connect more to family and friends, while also providing them useful information. Cotton also said “For example, it allows them to be more proactive in their healthcare. They have access to health information, electronic records and so on.”
Read Article (Staff | phys.org | 05/27/2015)
This article is absolutely correct about tablets being the choice for helping elderly connect. But a new study from Bowling Green State University points out that they still struggle learning to use it.
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