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Designing technology training for older adults in continuing by Shelia R. Cotten, Elizabeth A. Yost, Ronald W. Berkowsky,

By Shelia R. Cotten, Elizabeth A. Yost, Ronald W. Berkowsky, Vicki Winstead, William A. Anderson

This e-book offers the newest examine and design-based suggestions for a way to layout and enforce a know-how education application for older adults in carrying on with Care Retirement groups (CCRCs). The technique within the booklet concentrates on delivering worthwhile top practices for CCRC vendors, CEOs, task administrators, in addition to practitioners and process designers operating with older adults to augment their caliber of lifestyles. Educators learning older adults also will locate this ebook precious even though the tips are couched within the context of CCRCs, the e-book may have broader-based implications for education older adults on easy methods to use desktops, drugs, and different technologies.

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Anderson, W. , Yost, E. , Cotten, S.  2013. You can teach an old dog new tricks: A qualitative analysis of how residents of senior living communities may use the web to overcome spatial and social barriers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(5), 540–560. 1 The idea for the study When the lead author (Shelia Cotten) was a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), she became interested in how different generational groups used computers and the Internet.

For many residents, the option to return home if the circumstances in a CCRC do not meet expectations is not available. Lack of financial resources and the cost of the move may dictate that their home must be sold. This leaves no option to “go home” if circumstances do not work out. The home can epitomize a lifetime of accumulation of possessions, the symbolic representation of a lifetime of memories; having to sell the family home can result in residents feeling insecure or that they have little or no control.

Older adults with higher levels of education are more likely to go online than those with lower levels of education. Older adults with high annual household incomes and higher levels of education, and who are between the ages of 65 and 74 are the most likely to be online. In terms of type of device, individuals 65 years and older report using desktops, laptops, and handheld computers less often than all younger age groups. Of individuals aged 65 and older, only 32% report using a handheld type of device to access the Internet, compared to 83% of people aged 15–34 years old.

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