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Technology helps Older People Live Independently Multiplier event

According to research performed when establishing the needs for TechSenior project, one of the biggest problems for the elderly is that a large percentage of them do not know how to use computers, the internet and other forms of technology. Many aged between 65 and 74 have never used the internet. Surprisingly few care workers and volunteers are able to help them. For example, in Denmark 350,000 of the elderly between 65 and 89 years, have never tried to use the Internet nor a computer, and they lack the means to get started.

Lifelong learning is increasingly important in order to keep up with new IT technologies in society. The demand for basic IT skills has evolved following the rising number of official digital solutions in many countries. Acquiring basic IT knowledge and skills is therefore essential for older people in order to improve their independency and their ability to function in an increasingly digital society.

However, there is an obstacle to learning in a mature age. With aging follows a natural deterioration of brain function, causing a progressive weakening of concentration, memory and mental flexibility. The ability to generate new synapses between neurons in response to external stimuli, such as teaching and training, declines. Acquiring new knowledge and skills therefore becomes more and more difficult with age.

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