Edith Zamboni remembers getting her news from radio or newspaper but now she says “I never used to get my news on the computer, it’s nice for world and national news. It’s all at your fingertips. I just click on Chrome and go.” Her 90 year old twin sister Jean said a lot of her information came from acquaintances and passersby. “It used to be by word of mouth, but no one hardly talks to each other anymore,” Jean said half- joking.
How we communicate information has evolved from ancient heralds to radio-and-newspapers to television-and-internet. The world today has been completely transformed by technology, and how we communicate through the internet is an example. The need has arisen to make websites more user friendly as the world’s population is getting older (maturing), sites need to provide a more effective experience for an older audience.
Many seniors struggle with new technology and shun the internet. Tech-savvy seniors like the Zambonis have college degrees are more likely to go Yahoo! & Google online.
In Owatonna West Hills Complex, Minnesota in the SenorPlace community senior center, classes are given for seniors to get the resources necessary to navigate online by Brad Dushaw, Owatonna Parks and Recreation supervisor. Brad said “We offer beginner and intermediate computer classes and line them up with one of two instructors”.
Classes are offered because of so many requests from seniors who need assistance in using these devices to “keep in touch with grandkids or their kids.”
Read Article (Kim Hyatt | southernminn.com | 04/24/2015)
Unfortunately, across the country and indeed around the world, the needs of the many seniors far outnumber the few volunteers. The number of individuals that struggle with new technology (Digital Divide) is near crisis at this very moment.
Imagine facing a natural disaster with no knowledge of how to use a mobile device, now think about this campaign and supporting this effort.
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