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Posted by Positive Aging SourceBook on 05/19/2022

Technology and Older Adults - Closing the Digital Divide


Interactive discussion around a research study conducted in 2021, and hear from two of the study’s participants and their views on how everyday technology can be improved for older adults. 

Kim T. Nguyen, Ed.D.

silverscaffold.com

Founder and Principal

kim@silverscaffold.com

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Chat Transcript

12:10:56     From  DEBRA ALBERT   to   Hosts and panelists : My mom is 87 - last year she bought an Oculus Quest 2 headset.

12:12:25     From  DEBRA ALBERT : My mom is 87 - last year she bought an Oculus Quest 2 headset. GO MOM!

12:13:32     From  Elva Roy : Debra Albert, did your mom have a specific reason for buying the Oculus...education or games or ?

12:14:11     From  Robert Pearson   to   Hosts and panelists : Do you think we need a new occupation, e.g. “Digital Navigator “ to help older and disabled users?

12:14:38     From  DEBRA ALBERT : Just curiosity. I'm someone who's creating content for helping non-digital natives be less fearful of tech, and more competitive for the

12:14:43     From  Robert Pearson   to   Hosts and panelists : Like the Geek Squad for entertainment

12:16:28     From  DEBRA ALBERT : (Hit my return key by mistake) - Making them more competitive for the Future Of Work. Mom has always kept up (with a little help from me sometimes), and this was just an extension of her wanting to learn more about the latest thing.

12:16:32     From  Elva Roy : Debra: love it...just curious. That's why I bought some Bitcoin in 2019...just for curiosity about how the process works to buy/sell Bitcoin, etc.

12:17:40     From  Elva Roy : We had an Atari at home and I used a Radio Shack TRS 80 at work back in the day...

12:17:42     From  DEBRA ALBERT : Elva, I wish I bought Bitcoin back in 2019!!! ????

12:18:34     From  Elva Roy : It worked out well for me! But it could have gone the other way.

12:21:18     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Robert Pearson to All Panelists 12:14 PM

Like the Geek Squad for entertainment

12:21:30     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Robert Pearson to All Panelists 12:14 PM

Do you think we need a new occupation, e.g. “Digital Navigator “ to help older and disabled users?

12:21:47     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From DEBRA ALBERT to All Panelists 12:10 PM

My mom is 87 - last year she bought an Oculus Quest 2 headset.

12:22:57     From  Elva Roy : I'm grateful for all of the free training available now on YouTube...training available on nearly any topic/device/software. ohh, good idea Robert Pearson...Digital Navigator would be great.

12:26:23     From  Michael Yublosky : I actually teach classes at both GetSetUp and Senior Planet if you need any input. Or have any questions.

12:26:28     From  Lynn Golub-Rofrano : During the pandemic, we started a Tech Hub at Georgetown Village and our volunteers have helped our members get online and on Zoom. We have now held a number of Tech Hub series for our members and used Tech Moxie for one of the presentations.

12:26:42     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : https://www.silverscaffold.com/

12:27:04     From  Vanessa Ripps : DOROT in NYC also runs a very good tech program

12:29:12     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : TechMoxie makes technology less overwhelming. We offer one-on-one coaching, group classes, and tech support especially for the tech-challenged. https://www.tech-moxie.com/

12:29:33     From  Carol Silverman : That happened to me. It was very frustrating!

12:32:01     From  DEBRA ALBERT   to   Hosts and panelists : Steve, thanks for calling out my chat. I'm so freakishly passionate about closing the digital divide!!!!  I'm going to send you a connect request on LInkedIn so we can get in touch and maybe have a conversation some other time.

12:32:51     From  Michael Yublosky : We've talked before and that's OK.

12:33:29     From  Joan Green   to   Hosts and panelists : I’m offering a free webinar all about elder tech on June 1st. Www.theymaynotknow.com

12:39:36     From  Ernie Holzworth   to   Hosts and panelists : I’m 71 and have anXbox and several games that I play. I recommend video gaming for senior citizens. PlayStation is another gaming platform. I’ve found that it helps my mental acuity and it is also great entertainment. Once you get going, there are multiplayer games that you can join with other people in the gaming world.  Any grandchild can teach you the basics of video gaming.

12:40:22     From  Martha Villanigro-Santiago   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you for the helpful websites.

12:42:18     From  Martha Villanigro-Santiago   to   Hosts and panelists : I agree. We all have learning preferences. More importantly you do not need to be a certain age to enjoy enjoy the variety of classes and information provided from Senior Planet.

12:42:39     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Martha Villanigro-Santiago to All Panelists 12:42 PM

Thank you for the helpful websites.

I agree. We all have learning preferences. More importantly you do not need to be a certain age to enjoy enjoy the variety of classes and information provided from Senior Planet.

12:42:50     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Sourcebook : From Ernie Holzworth to All Panelists 12:39 PM

I’m 71 and have anXbox and several games that I play. I recommend video gaming for senior citizens. PlayStation is another gaming platform. I’ve found that it helps my mental acuity and it is also great entertainment. Once you get going, there are multiplayer games that you can join with other people in the gaming world.  Any grandchild can teach you the basics of video gaming.

12:43:37     From  Joan Green : I’m offering a free webinar all about helping older adults to leverage the benefits of tech. If interested, please register at www.InnovativeSpeech.com. It’s scheduled for June 1st. The session will be recorded and everyone who signs up for the Zoom session will have access to the recording for 2 weeks.

12:43:40     From  Martha Villanigro-Santiago   to   Hosts and panelists : Michael, thank you for teaching the basics. I am an attorney and I never registered for a technology class.

12:44:04     From  Joan Green : I checked out getsetup.com and it is fantastic!!

12:45:32     From  Joan Green : Oops. Getsetup.io

12:52:28     From  mary busse : I wore out a lot of shoes dragging my feet about getting into the computer age.  Eventually, I realized that,, since I hoped to live to an old age, I needed to get with it.  I learn to do what a want, but introduce myself at a "techno-dinosaur" when I call for any kind of tech support.  It generates a chuckle and a lot more patience

12:53:33     From  Michael Yublosky : My wife and I teach a FREE open session on Senior Planet from AARP called WACI Monday (Windows - Android- Computers - Internet). Next session is Mon., 4/23/22, at 5:00 Eastern, https://seniorplanet.zoom.us/j/86380839238

12:54:53     From  David Hunter : The Telikin, a computer designed primarily for seniors, is a full-featured, intuitive device. It is very easy to set up, very easy to use, and offers free US-based telephone support and free lifetime software upgrades (operating system and applications). Available as a desktop and laptop. My mother, who died a year ago at age 100, used hers daily for more ten years. telikin.com

12:56:11     From  Kim Nguyen, Ed.D : Thanks for sharing that info about Telikin, David. I hadn't heard of that. Will reach out to them.

12:56:34     From  mary busse : I am 83+

12:56:47     From  Carol Silverman : I always start off 'Think of me as your grandmother'!

12:58:29     From  Robert Pearson   to   Hosts and panelists : Thanks to the panels. Enjoyed and very informative

12:59:18     From  Jennifer Late : Thank you for the great presentation today! Jennifer Late, Lifecare Affordability Plan, jlate@seia.com, https://lifecareaffordability.com

12:59:18     From  DEBRA ALBERT : this was an amazing discussion, thank you all


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