Education online resources are an excellent way for older or retired adults to stay busy and mentally alert. It’s not true that you are too old to learn something new or fulfill a life long dream. Today’s older adults want to stay active. They don’t want to spend the rest of their life in a rocking chair watching the rest of the world keep fit, active and young.
Harry Beja, my father, was an excellent example. He stayed active and worked part-time until multiple myeloma took its toll on his health. He stayed mentally alert and developed many interests. He enjoyed taking movies with a camcorder, learning more about Christianity, traveling and having fun. He was interested in learning more about computers and even upon occasion used education online resources to stay abreast of current events. I’m sure he would have been interested in learning more about mobile phones.
Susan Furst sells the jewelry she makes at her own Etsy store. She has also written a book entitled Humpty Dumpty Cracks and All. The book is available for sale at her website and on Amazon.com. Her daughter has some training in Graphics Design and has done all the illustrations for the book. She is a retired special education teacher.
Susan has been working hard to turn her hobbies into making extra spending money. She sells her hand made jewelry at craft shows and has book signings to generate interest in purchasing her book. She uses a mobile phone to access education online resources that help her turn her spare time hobbies into cash.
Today other baby boomers are developing an interest in digital technology, including computers and mobile phones. Baby boomers growing older today think and act differently from previous generations of aging adults. Traditionally, senior citizens have been slow to embrace technology.
However, the recent trends show older people are among the fastest-growing demographics online. Social media network use among Internet users 50 years old and older has nearly doubled to 42 percent over the past year. In the United States, there are nearly 16 million people 55 and older using Facebook.
The main reason older adults are reluctant to go online is because many technologies and networks are not designed to meet their needs and expectations. Lack of interest is not the issue because they do desire to connect with friends and family online. They also have a desire to share experiences with strangers and new friends and explore education online resources.
There still aren’t large numbers of senior adults embracing the usage of mobile phone devices. However, mobile usage is growing. According to a recent study, around 13 percent of 55- to 64-year olds and 5 percent of people 65 and older play games using a smartphone or standard cellphone.
“If it’s good technology, seniors embrace it the same as everyone else,” Elie Gindi, founder of the senior-focused tech blog ElderGadget explains. “The key here is if it is truly ‘good’ and they see a real use for it, whether for entertainment, business or lifestyle. They are smart shoppers who aren’t so much interested in [the] useless ‘bells and whistles’ many products contain.”
In conclusion, a growing number of older adults are taking advantage of education online resources found on the Web and accessing this information using mobile phone technology. Internet and mobile phone technology should be designed to empower everyone interested in using it. It shouldn’t be only for the young and tech-savvy individuals. New technologies and Web services should be intuitive and easy to use.
The planning process for new projects should include the concept of accessibility from the very beginning. Design, text size and physical usability should also be included as part of the planning process. Senior adults should be educated on how to use the new technological products and services when they appear in the marketplace for purchase.