New technology is making it easier for older people to stay in touch with far-flung family, live independently and get help when they need it.
“The more mobile it is, if it’s usable by young people, it’s usable by seniors,” says Leslie Smith, president and CEO of SeniorNet, which provides computer education to seniors in person and online. “They use it to communicate with family and friends. They’re using it the same way that a lot of young people are using it,” says Smith, a retired IBM business development executive.
Younger retirees’ tech needs aren’t much different from those of their children. They participate in social media, use the Internet for research, text and email to keep up with friends and family and use Skype or FaceTime for video calls.
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