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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

Older people, technology and community | Independent Age - 2 views

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    the potential of technology to help older people renew or develop social contacts and to actively engage in their communities
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

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

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.
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."
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

Ageing in the 21st Century: A Celebration and A Challenge | Resources | HelpAge Interna... - 1 views

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    "The world is growing old fast. In the next 10 years, the number of people over age 60 will surpass one billion.
    Ageing in the Twenty-First Century: A Celebration and A Challenge, is a landmark new report published by UNFPA and HelpAge.
    It makes the case for governments, NGOs, global institutions, and civil society to fully commit to a concerted global effort to realign 21st century society to fit the realities of 21st century demographics."
David Wilcox

nef 'five-a-day' to well-being in major new government report | the new economics found... - 0 views

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    "nef's 'Five ways to well-being':
    nef 's centre for well-being has developed a set of five evidence-based actions that, if practised regularly, can improve personal well-being.

    Connect
    With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

    Be Active
    Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

    Take Notice
    Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are on a train, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

    Keep Learning
    Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do.

    Give
    Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
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

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.""
Stephen Dale

Age UK is the charity formed from Age Concern & Help the Aged | Elderly Benefits & Care... - 0 views

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    We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help. Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK - so that we can be here for everyone in later life.
Stephen Dale

Digital Technologies in Later Life | Contributed ideas - 0 views

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    "This page is a listing of ideas contributed in advance of the 23 October 2012 meeting at the RSA. It has been 'scraped' by Conrad Taylor from the projects online social space and from the group's open Google Doc; plus some ideas added later by Conrad himself."
Stephen Dale

Business can click with silver surfers - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 29, 2012 - 1 views

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    It is estimated that approximately 70 per cent of Europe's wealth is in the hands of the over 50s. In the last 20 years, consumption within that age bracket has risen three times as fast as the rest of the population. By the same token, the latest research carried out in Ireland showed that only 25 percent of over 50s in Ireland have IT skills.
    Yet there is no massive push on the part of advertisers and marketers to get older people online. Surely with the massive growth of online advertising and by extension online shopping, one would assume more of that "old money" would be aimed at?"
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