The elderly are not the socially weak

The elderly are not the socially weak

This quote from a Japanese grandmother who loves computers and the internet, is from an article on the ABC news site “Japanese grannies go high tech”

Members of the “Computer Grannies Society” (founded in 1997) exchange photos and music, share their own creative endeavours and got funding to set up a training day for other senior citizens.  On that day, there were touch panel computers to make it easy for non-typists to use them and plenty of instructors on hand. 

With our increasingly ageing population, a growing sense of isolation due to a number of sociological factors and a decrease in mobility for older people due to lack of public transport or declining health – perhaps we need to fly some Japanese grannies around to get us on the right track.

One Reply to “The elderly are not the socially weak”

  1. Interesting article. I have a new site the focuses on seniors and technology. I’ll have to do some more research about those touch panel computers. That sounds like an interesting option for seniors. I know they make touchpads that can replace the mouse, but I haven’t had much experience with them.