Getting Online in Senior Living: Who’s Doing It?

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 18 June 2012

If you think your grandparents or senior relatives don’t know the difference between Facebook and Twitter, you’re wrong. According to an April 2012 study from the Pew Research Center (based on telephone interviews conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International), 53% of seniors are getting online and using the internet, 34% are networking on social media sites, and 86% use email. When it comes to cell phones and other mobile devices, the numbers have also increased significantly: now, 69% of seniors own a cell phone.

Last August, Bruce and Esther Huffman, a couple from an independent living community in Oregon, became internet superstars with this delightfully funny YouTube video of their webcam operation woes, “Webcam 101 for Seniors:”

Clearly, based on the Pew Research data, the Huffmans are just two of many residents in assisted living and retirement communities nationwide who have computers and aren’t afraid to use them. Providers have responded accordingly, offering wireless internet access throughout the building, computer labs for resident use, and classes to advance their knowledge of new technology.

Check our blog for an upcoming article on iPad classes, which have become extremely popular among the residents of a Massachusetts senior living community.



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