Senior citizens are crazy for technology

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A just-released study shows technology, especially mobile devices, is indeed breathing new life into a whole generation of Americans. But it may not be the generation you

For some seniors, they are reconnecting with a world they thought had left them behind.

NORTH BETHESDA, MD (NBC) - A just-released study shows technology, especially mobile devices, is indeed breathing new life into a whole generation of Americans. But it may not be the generation you're thinking.

The eyes are more strained. The hands, a bit more frail. But America's senior citizens have become as giddy over gigabytes as the rest of us.

Like ninety five year old Janet Brady who, because of poor vision, had to give up her love of reading. That is, until her family gave her an iPad for her 95th birthday last November.

Others like Art Pardee find themselves online often.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center found 59 percent of seniors now say they use the Internet, up 6 percent from a year ago, and a lot more than in 2001.

After tutoring from volunteers, seniors in the Washington, D.C. area caught on quick, because experts say connecting reduces isolation.
And, so far, the desired effect is working.

For some seniors, they are reconnecting with a world they thought had left them behind.


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