The Benefits of Internet on the Life of Senior Citizens or Elderly
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The Benefits of Internet on the Life of Senior Citizens or Elderly

The growing popularity of senior citizens going online is increasing. The emotional and mental benefits of Internet are tremendous helping them to live happier life after retirement.

Research shows that every second one senior is added to the aging population of the world so as the growing popularity of senior citizens going online is increasing. The benefits of Internet are tremendous helping them to live happier life after retirement.

BENEFITS OF THE INTERNET

Mental benefits:  Knowledge of the Internet will help the senior citizens improve their mental alertness. Aside from the vast information from the Internet, it is also a great source for video games. Why video games? According to the Psychology and Aging magazine, playing video games helps improve the cognitive functions of seniors which normally decline during old age. Strategy video games help in keeping their brains razors sharp, and improve their eye-hand coordination. Gaming Industry is now looking into possibility of developing more video games tailored for seniors, and that they will be their highest next target market in the future.

Establish a home-based online business.  Seniors who worked specially from corporate office for so many years will still have the opportunity to earn after retirement. Examples are selling products, stock photography, and offer services online. Another freelance home based job is to be a content online writer.  It enables them to share their expertise, knowledge and wisdom acquired through the years.

Shopping is just one click away.  Purchasing online is the best thing that happened for seniors. It means that they can shop in the comfort of their home since mobility is their main concern.

Explore the world through the Internet: Not all seniors have the chance to travel due to financial and health reasons. Now the Internet gives the seniors at least the opportunity to explore the world more by browsing and watching videos online. The Internet is a tool to continue learning by browsing the Internet to get more information especially about health and fitness. Watching tutorial videos related to their interests such as painting, playing the piano, gardening, flower arrangements, cooking, travel, and among others. YouTube is the most popular video site for various categories.

Emotional benefits:  Uplift the spirit through online communication with family and friends. It enhanced self-esteem, a more cheerful outlook, gain independence, and feel much happier that they still experience the ability to interact with more people.  The Internet creates new life for them and that makes them feel young again.

Instant Messengers: Skype and Yahoo Messenger are the two most popular free service chat providers that seniors can avail. Video conferencing is the most satisfying experience that enable them to see live and talk with their loved ones who are away from home.

Facebook is the most popular social networking site that brings family and friends together. Share photos, chat online, play games, search old friends and more. What an exciting experience to reconnect with old friends to whom they have lost throughout the years.

Help build grandparents relationship with their grandchildren.  Many seniors or grandparents feel they are being left behind because they cannot cope up with the world. With Internet knowledge, seniors can still catch up with their grandchildren bridging the gap between them. Having a common activity together in the Internet with the grandparents and the grandchildren helps build a better relationship.

BASIC COMPUTER LESSONS FOR SENIORS

For those who have zero knowledge in the computer, a family member or a friend is mostly needed to teach them.  It takes time and a little patience to do this but it is also one way of showing that we value and care for them.

Society realizes now the benefits of the Internet and initiates computer related activities for senior citizens. Free and paid Trainings are available nowadays in group lessons for 50 years and above.

Local libraries also offer free library courses and classes for senior citizens.

Basic Lessons may cover the following:

Getting started in opening and closing the computer

Basic typing lesson

Using Wordprocessing software

How to browse the Internet

Access and creating an e-mail

Using Instant Messengers

The Internet helps them to learn, grow, and live a much happier life.  "The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you are learning, you’re not old." - R.S Yalow

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Comments (29)

This is a great positive article! My father has discovered the world wide web and he loves it!

I love this. A very thoughtful write, thumbs up!

Good job.

Great article, very thoughtful ...

Good job. I loved this. Now, if only I could get my 79 year old mother to walk into the same room where there's a personal computer. (Please, somebody write an article for that.) Best, .imz

Excellent article Simply and very beneficial to all seniors who read it! This has touched on a subjectthat is not often looked upon. Fab job! You have my vote and tweet!

Thanks for all those who visited and commented. @Ileen - hope there will be a Notebook for your mother so she doesn't have to walk to another room. @Tanya - thanks for your vote and continued support! :-D

I agree. At least I know now that lots of time on the net awaits me when I'm old.

So beware when chatting in a chat room ...it could be grandma and not some 18 year old! :-)

ha..ha..I had a good laugh Stickman, thanks for your comment. :-D

Thanks for the info.

Had to come back and re-read and print this. What a good topic. This may be one of the most relevant and genuinely helpful articles of the month. Can I vote twice? .imz

Simplyoj, This is a great article for many reasons. Seniors do balk at the computer, but find an out-of-state friend of a senior and set her up in email - they learn fastest on social emails, I have found. Next are attachments (jokes and pictures) and once they're not afraid of it anymore......the internet is theirs! The other thing is that it is common for seniors with government agencies, insurance agencies, billing departments, etc. who want to go paperless and have canned answering that says, "If you want to get more information, visit our website at ..........." I always wonder about the poor souls do who have no computer or way to communicate. Most public libraries have skilled instructors to teach basic computer skills to seniors - FREE.

Marie, I actually have a couple of senior relatives who go above and beyond simple balking. My godmother downright refuses to use any service that insists on going paperless. Her phone company, cable service and newpaper subscriptions went only with online payments. She decided that all these services were "bad" because she could no longer pay for them with her personal checks by mail. Last year her medigap policy did this and she canceled, opting instead to pay her medical bills in full and go without the insurance. It isn't really the technology that makes people like her uneasy. It's only that something changed. When I was a kid, my grandmother refused to use any residential phone service. Since there was no "party line" and operator assistance was no longer needed to make a call (in the days before rotary phones) she felt they were unsafe and an invasion of privacy. A lot of these holdouts had iceboxes into the 1970s , still use a cast iron IRON, and brush their teeth with powder. Fear is what motivates many people, not the advancement of time and progress. Computers are no different than any other development. But more often than not, it's an ego-stubbornness problem. If we can get past that, we can also get the elderly lady who lives next door to me to use all the affordable modern conveniences in life. I'm thrilled when I see 90 year old people using a cell phone or making use of those cars with the automated parallel parking.

Thanks Marie and Ileen for your valuable inputs.

very nice and helpful post...i'll share this to my mom,ty

Although my 81-yr. old mother prefers the telephone, she is on-line, and I know it keeps her connected with her 44 grandkids, and 41 (I think) great-grandkids. In fact, she will call me to ask how to do this or that on the computer. I'll have to send her this article for more ideas.

I keep trying to get my mom on line. She says she does not want to sit that long. She is pretty active, but she would love Facebook I am sure, and she could make a little extra money as well which would be helpful for her.

What a wonderful article - I also see this article as an idea for those who enjoy teaching others, and need some extra income themselves - they can offer basic computer lessons to senior citizens. Also, once those senior citizens know what to do, they, in turn, can offer lessons to other senior citizens. At 41, I obviously don't yet consider myself a senior citizen, but just 4 years ago I couldn't even turn a computer on, copy and paste, or send an email. Between just struggling through on my own, and receiving greatly appreciated help from my boyfriend, I am now able to navigate my way around a computer and the Internet and have even learned to do some html web design coding. Come on senior citizens - you CAN do it!

@Teresa yes, this is actually an alternative way of earning an extra income. One can have it for free or teach those who are willing to pay for your service. Just make sure that they are in a comfortable or ergonomic chair and done in a limited time that they can. Thanks for your inputs.

I am smiling and enjoying your article as most of it is true for people like me.

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My mom was afraid of the mouse for some reason. But she encouraged my learning to use it.

A couple of years ago, my mother-in-law didn't know anything about computers. But as soon as she educated herself with the basics, she's now into surfing the web.

This is outstanding.

What a wonderful article, i had no idea that ther were so many benefits for the elderly when it came to IT, just hadn't occurred to me. Thanks for that, buzzed up :D

Well presented information by you. I joined the computer world to stay connected with family and friends and found more for me too.

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