by Judith Graham
“Six months ago, Cindy Sanders, 68, bought a computer so she could learn how to email and have Zoom chats with her great-grandchildren.
“It’s still sitting in a box, unopened.
“’I didn’t know how to set it up or how to get help,’ said Sanders, who lives in Philadelphia and has been extremely careful during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Like Sanders, millions of older adults are newly motivated to get online and participate in digital offerings after being shut inside, hoping to avoid the virus, for more than a year. But many need assistance and aren’t sure where to get it.
“A recent survey from AARP, conducted in September and October, highlights the quandary. It found that older adults boosted technology purchases during the pandemic but more than half (54%) said they needed a better grasp of the devices they’d acquired. Nearly 4 in 10 people (37%) admitted they weren’t confident about using these technologies.”
Generations on Line’s Katie Burke has presented at Link Service Area 13 cross-training meetings in each of the Service Area’s counties; she’s also facilitated a Link Webinar earlier this year.