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Stephen Dale

ITea time for silver surfers - 0 views

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    SILVER surfers have been enjoying ITea and biscuits - learning new computer skills combined with a cuppa and nibbles.

    The taster session, run at Brighton Street Community Centre in Heckmondwike, is encouraging older people who may have a small amount of internet experience, or never used a computer before to become a silver surfer in a relaxed atsmosphere.
David Wilcox

Why are older people most at risk of loneliness? | Joseph Rowntree Foundation - 0 views

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    "Mention loneliness and most people, whatever their age, seem to think about older people. We have, it seems, an archetypal image of someone frail, elderly, scared to go out and living - perhaps struggling - on their own: a lonely old person.

    Loneliness is certainly a complicating factor for many older people. Across all four neighbourhoods participating in our three-year action research programme, exploring neighbourhood approaches to loneliness, issues relating to getting and being older 'score' most highly. 'Being older' tops the list of 74 groups of themes collated by our researchers from the hundreds of factors contributing to loneliness identified by local people during extensive fieldwork."
David Wilcox

Demos | Projects - Ageing sociably - 0 views

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    "The erosion of social capital, and increasing levels of social isolation are widely recognised phenomena in our society. Older people are particularly likely to admit to feeling lonely, and social isolation is known to have a significant impact on older people's physical and mental wellbeing. Many older people particularly value local services that provide them with opportunities for regular social contact. However, we are currently witnessing a significant decline in many of these local services such as libraries, post offices and lunch clubs. More than 2,500 post offices have closed and 5,000 small shops have disappeared in the past six years. At the same time, many statutory and third sector services are currently under threat from local authority budgetary cuts.
    The private sector could do much to provide non-specialised local settings and opportunities for older people to remain connected with their communities. However, thus far there has been little investigation into how private companies might contribute to social cohesion in this way. This project will identify ways that private companies can make use of their local presence and existing operating models to generate new social opportunities for older people."
Stephen Dale

Age Action Alliance - 0 views

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    "The Age Action Alliance is an independent partnership of organisations which has adopted a new approach to the challenges of ageing, focused very clearly on finding practical solutions to improve the lives of older people."
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    "The Age Action Alliance is an independent partnership of organisations which has adopted a new approach to the challenges of ageing, focused very clearly on finding practical solutions to improve the lives of older people."
David Wilcox

E-Access Bulletin Live » Blog Archive » Age alliance plans digital inclusion ... - 0 views

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    "A plan to create an online "knowledge base" of resources relating to digital inclusion for older people is being drawn up by Age Action Alliance, an umbrella group of companies and charities led by the Department for Work and Pensions.

    The alliance, whose members include the BBC, Microsoft, mobile network Three, Age UK and the digital inclusion charity for older people Digital Unite, has tasked a working group with drawing up a "starter strategy" for the knowledge base covering its potential usefulness, purpose and viability. It will then make a final decision on whether to go ahead with the project at the next meeting of its digital inclusion group in February."
David Wilcox

Welcome to our guides area | Digital Unite - 0 views

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    "This is the place to get up to speed with the technology that can help enrich your life.  Whether you'd like to improve your computer skills, emailing, use of the internet or generally to boost your digital confidence, our simple guides are here to help. They're free, print-friendly and also a great way to support other learners."
David Wilcox

Army of 'silver surfers' should be employed to get elderly online, says think tank - Te... - 2 views

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    "AN ARMY of internet-savvy pensioners should be employed to help get millions of elderly people online to prevent them becoming increasingly isolated, an influential Tory think tank has suggested."
    The report is from Policy Exchange
Stephen Dale

BBC News - 'Silver surfers' should be listened to - 0 views

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    "As patients' interaction with the health service increasingly moves online, it is easy to assume that the voices of the elderly will be lost along the way.

    But in this week's Scrubbing Up, Dr Paul Hodgkin of the feedback site Patient Opinion, says social media channels are not just for the young."
David Wilcox

Old people & the internet - RedCafe.net - 0 views

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    Anecdotes and discussion in the Manchester United forum
David Wilcox

Older people and their use of the internet | Insights paper for Nominet Trust - 0 views

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    "This report has been written to complement the State of the Art Literature Review on Older People and the Internet, commissioned by Nominet Trust and published in October 2011. We have been particularly motivated to consider directions in which activity and policy should move in order to help ensure that as many older people as possible can become successful internet users. To help reflect on our own experiences of working in the field of older people and ICT and to distil these experiences into the opinions expressed in this report, we spoke to over 15 older technology users of varying levels of experience. We make no attempt to present this consultation as engaging with a representative sample of older people, but instead use this engagement to provoke our own thoughts into the directions where research and policy might best be headed. We also spoke to a number of senior research colleagues working in the same field, and while their views are reflected in some of the content of this report, ultimately what we present is our own articulation of the challenges we face and the directions we can take."
David Wilcox

Ageing and the use of the internet | Nominet Trust - 2 views

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    "This publication sets out the latest research into how the internet is, and can be, used to support those over 65 as well as highlighting the mechanisms, themes and social situations that best enable this group to benefit from the internet. By doing so, it sets out a number of ways in which we can look to develop new approaches to supporting people over the age of 65 to get online in a sustained and meaningful way."
David Wilcox

How Older Adults Can Keep Up With Technology - NYTimes.com - 3 views

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    Ideas for how technology can help older people stay active, stay in touch, stay informed, stay productive, be entertained.
David Wilcox

10 Must-Have iPad Apps for Seniors - The Best Life (usnews.com) - 0 views

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    ""The potential of iPads to benefit seniors cannot be understated," Dan Cohen, a social worker who founded Apps for All, writes via E-mail. "To my surprise (and delight!), the most beneficial aspect of apps is the creation of a new common ground between older persons, their children, and their grandchildren ... The key to success with the iPad is to identify apps of interest to seniors, not razzle-dazzling them with one's favorite apps. What is (or was) their favorite hobby, interest, sport? Zoom into Google Earth's aerial view, or Mapquest's street view of their childhood home and school and you'll bring a smile to their face.""
David Wilcox

Simple things, done well | Nominet Trust - 2 views

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    "Older people have the lowest levels of internet-take up, in stark contrast to highly connected younger age groups. For the digitally excluded, a number of barriers can compound each other, from cost to ability to interest. This research finds that universal internet take-up won't be achieved overnight, but nevertheless investing in the digitally excluded has long term benefits for both citizens and government."
David Wilcox

A better life: old age, new thoughts - 0 views

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    This site gives older people's voices a platform. We hope to highlight their experiences, resilience and ability to flourish across a century of huge change. And we want to find out what they can teach us about mutual support and positive thinking.
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