Adults are massively engaged in IT
More seniors are now using the internet than ever before as new technology makes using devices easier. The Internet has made finding information much easier, and as Australia’s population ages, more and more companies are finding benefits in providing services to this growing group.
Australia now has over three million senior citizens and with many of them now using the internet, companies are now proving more services, products and information to this target audience.
Senior citizens now use devices such as laptops and tablets to find information, as well as use these devices to stay in touch with family and friends using services such as Skype. Mobile phones with their internet connection are also becoming more popular as they not only allow the elderly to stay connected but also offer the ability to take photos and videos with a single device and as mobile phones become more intuitive they become much easier to use.
Other devices such as Amazons Kindle are also becoming more popular as seniors can store multiple books on one device as well as being able to enlarge the screen font which has made reading easier than ever.
To help seniors learn how to use modern technology, there are several places that offer free courses specifically designed for this age group. Many local councils provide facilities for older people to learn and use computers and there are also many community groups who also run classes.
Telstra is also helping seniors by providing broadband for seniors portals nationally and several banks are now offering to teach seniors how to bank securely online to make paying bills much easier than having to to visit their bank or post office.
The benefits of seniors using the Internet and other technologies are many. They can find the latest information on almost any topic, and can subscribe to local and national news feeds and other information that interests them.
By using free services like Skype, they can stay in better touch with their loved ones and also have the ability to pay their bills securely from the comfort of their homes. It also means they don’t have to withdraw large amounts of money to pay bills, reducing the possibility of theft. Overall, today’s technology helps seniors save time and money while keeping them better connected to information and people
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