Need for Technical Help
A retired Portland couple created an excellent web site "At Home With Our Computer". In their article "Too Old For Computers?" they cite interviews with senior computer users:
- A 75- year old man from Arizona got wired because "I couldn't keep up with my 4-year old grandson."
- A 68-year old woman from Massachusetts who received a computer from her son to help with the debilitating effects of her Parkinson's disease has installed an additional phone line since she spends so much time online.
- 71% of seniors believe the key to being retired is keeping busy; 27% have a strong need to keep up with the latest developments in new technology.
A survey amongst 600 active seniors revealed that financial planning and daily stock monitoring was one of their favourite activities. Some other comments from that survey include:
"I used the Internet to market my first book. It was great!"
(van Bentum, N. on board "Ocean Explorer I")
"We use the Net to research so many things, even to get a map for a trip to the door of our niece's home in Dallas from our house in Galveston, Texas."
"The Net is a big help to me in teaching my course on "How To Write Your Memoirs."