Computing For Senior Citizens by Mike Stancik

For many people, computing is a tool that allows folks to have a hobby either  directly, for example, by getting information from the internet or indirectly,  i.e. a person likes to cook and therefore visits the Food Channel on line for  recipes. What about computing for seniors? What can a senior do with a computer  and the internet?

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First of all, who are senior citizens? Many people are confused by the term  “senior”. Very often we see advertisements saying, for example, “Over 55 senior  discount available”. Others may think of “seniors” as folks at retirement age  which technically would be 62 to 65 years old and some think of seniors as  living in retirement homes. For the sake of this article I’m going to consider  “seniors” as being age 50 and older (in part because one can join American  Association of Retired People at age 50).

For some at any age, using a computer is a frightening undertaking,  unfortunately. It is, therefore, not unreasonable to think that seniors would  have an even more difficult time understanding computers and computing. For  myself (I am 60) I have been involved with computers since the days of the  Commodore 64 (around 1980) and even owned a TRS 80 Color computer from Radio  Shack (with an amazing 16K of memory)! For me using a computer is not so  daunting – not the same for many others however.

The difference between today and years gone by is that modern computers have  so many more applications available than ever. During the 80′s the computer  allowed us to do simple word processing and fool around with spread sheet  calculations as well as game playing. The 90′s gave us the internet and that  changed the way we thought about the usefulness of computers forever. Today we  have cell phones with operating systems that give us the world in a package we  can hold in one hand. Computers are also somewhat easier to use today (not  always!) since many applications are graphically driven and operated with mouse  click

How does this apply to seniors and how can seniors take advantage of the  computer world today? Let’s look at what seniors have available to them through  computing.

Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace or just simple emailing  is out there. They cost nothing, can be fun and informative and can keep seniors  connected with people going back to their high school years.

Blogging: A great way for seniors to express their interests  and spread the word. A blog does not have to be public and can be a great way to  share information with family and friends.

Article Publishing: Article publishing for seniors? (Wait a  minute – didn’t I tell you that I was a senior?!?). Why not is my answer.  Seniors have a life full of knowledge and experience that can be shared over  cyber space.

These are just a few examples why seniors should be involved in computing and  why they should own a computer. I’m sure that there are more reasons than those  mentioned, but, for the sake of space of this article I’ll leave you with  those.

What kind of system would be good for a senior to own? For a suggestion  please visit my website at wesavemoney4u.com/buyers-guide/seniors/

The author, Mike Stancik, has been computing for over 25 years. He also has a  degree in Digital Electronics and has designed and built his website  [http://wesavemoney4u.com]

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