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This presentation showcases mobile apps that are directed towards seniors, providing them with accessibility to resources and keeping them connected to important information.

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  • As digital technologies become firmly embedded in everyday affairs, they enable many people to lead more productive and rewarding lives Those who have no access to IT skills and knowledge gradually become less and less capable of participating in an economy and society that is increasingly technology-dependent. Limited understanding , mastering technology , limited opportunities and use of new media may be contributing to the digital divide. This may be particularly true for older adults.
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  • Seniors and Technology

    1. 1. Seniors and Technology Bridging the Digital Divide Presenters: Linda C. Summers, PhD, RN Conni J. DeBlieck, DNP, MSN, RN Jaclyn Simon-Kellerman, BSN, RN
    2. 2. Charles Darwin It is not strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.
    3. 3. Purpose 1) Identify apps available on smart devices for the elderly. 2) Educate health care providers, they can teach the elderly to use this equipment and function well with the smart device.
    4. 4. Objectives • Describe methods of technology advances for the older adults • Discuss the digital divide and it’s implication for older adults • Explore selected smart device applications for use with older adults • Explore successful use of technology in the older adult population
    5. 5. What is Digital Divide • The gap between different individuals, household, business, and geographical areas at different social-economic levels with regard to their opportunities to access information technology (IT) and their use of the internet. The Digital Access Project (2006). The Digital Divide. Retrieved from
    6. 6. Digital Inclusion • • • • Focuses on how information and communication technology affects individuals, communities, and countries Objective • Social inclusion Strategy • Individual and community empowerment Tools • Enabling technologies (computers, networks, software, the internet)
    7. 7. Digital Inclusion Assumptions • Technology should combat social exclusion, not reinforce it • “Access” is not about computers and the internet – it’s about social inclusion and equity
    8. 8. Digital Inclusion Strategies • Improve Access/Connectivity • Develop content that is accessible, relevant and contextual • Increase Technology Literacy • Help groups and individuals use technology to do what THEY want to do, address underlying social factors.
    9. 9. Critical Drivers of Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Use • • • • • • • • • E-mails, Search, Maps New Access to social engagement “facebook” “youtube” Educational use, online learning Online transactions (travel, e-bay, banking, pharmacy, etc.) E-government services (taxes, licenses) Health information (Medicaid, part D, Civic engagement & e-democracy User generated content-blogs, websites, pictures
    10. 10. Older Adults and Technology • How do Adults 65 and over use technology? • Internet (50% use internet) • • • • • • 53% go online just for email 33% use Facebook or social media • 18% daily 86% of internet users access email • 48% daily 39% have broadband at home Gadgets • • • 69% have a mobile phone 11% use a tablet 8% use e-readers Computers • 33% own laptops
    11. 11. Quiz… • • • • • • • • Do you check email at least 3X a day? Do you Google for information at least 5X a day? Do you use your mobile phone for more than one thing? Have you turned over remembering to a technology device? Do you shop online more than the mall? Do you have a wireless network at home? Do you “text” instead of calling? Do you IM?
    12. 12. Digital Natives … • Rapid access to information from multiple sources • Multi-tasking • Multi-media over text • Random access to information • Networked interactions with multiple people • Just-in-time learning • Immediate rewards • Relevant, useful, fun learning
    13. 13. Digital Immigrants … • Controlled information access, limited sources • Doing one thing at a time • Text • Sequential information processing • Independent work • Deferred rewards • Serious learners
    14. 14. Informal Learning Important • Learning ecology • Mobility make this possible • Social networking • Collaboration
    15. 15. Senior Immigrants (speak with an accent) • 1) Tech savvy or were in the next category but received the help they needed.
2) Are open to tech adoption, but need help.
3) Will never change or are unable to (health, dementia, etc)
    16. 16. Tech Savvy • Using technology for years • Bought an iPad, have a kindle, and email regularly • Need to count on them to provide the assistance and guidance to the 2nd category, which is by far the largest. • Poster people of adoption, but are not the majority yet. • Provide an example, peer influence, and peer support to the category 2 people.
    17. 17. Tech Adoptors • • Technology was too complicated or expensive for many to adopt • • • • That has changed though. There are low cost internet providers specifically for senior housing (Silverfox) There are easy to use devices (Tekins, Presto, iPad), Training and support (every senior focused company knows this and provides it) The only thing that stands in the way is a stakeholder to help guide them down this path. • • a community adding SilverFox or Telekins the adult child that buys it for them.
    18. 18. Tech Avoiders/Unable • The third category is one that we can’t do much about. • Technology will help us to provide care for them and • There are exceptions to the rule of course, but they won’t be the ones adopting it on a regular basis in droves.
    19. 19. Persistent Barriers • • • • • • • • • Limited technology literacy skills Anxiety Fear of technology tools “Hard core resisters ” Limited education, low literacy levels Language & accessibility barriers Irrelevant content Affordable broadband services Cost of entry (Hardware)
    20. 20. Why do Seniors need Assisted Technology (AT)? • Conditions associate with aging • • • • Low-vision Decreased hearing Memory & Cognitive Loss Physical Access
    21. 21. Mobile Devices • Apps on mobile devices can have similar features to AT • • • • • Organization and time management apps (reminders, calendars) Magnifiers and visions supports Dictation software Reading apps (text to speech, hi-lighting features, font size changes, etc) Leisure use (newspaper apps, games, “Face time” or Skype)
    22. 22. Mobile Applications “Apps”
    23. 23. Memory Aids and Physical fitness • • • • • • • • • • • • Clevermind (Free) BugMe! Stickies ($1.99) Find my iPad (Free) Crosswords (Free) Luminosity (Free) StockFish (Free) Art Gallery (Free) Trivial Pursuit ($4.99) Watch That! (Free) Wii Taiji for Seniors (Free) Walkmeter ($4.99)
    24. 24. Adaptive Aids • • • • • • • Siri (Free) Magniscope (Free) Big Calculator ($1.99) My Script Calculator (Free) Dragon Dictation (Free) Penultimate (Free) I-Pad assistive Devices (Settings - General - Accessibility)
    25. 25. Socializing and Staying in Touch • • • • • • • • Dropbox (Free) Postcards (Free) Skype (Free) Words with Friends ($4.99 ) Calendars Easy Facebook for Seniors (Free) Silver Surf (Free) Facetime (Free)
    26. 26. Life Long Learning • • • • • • • • • • • • • AARP (Free) iTunes U (Delete?) TED Talks (Free) (Delete?) BBC News (Free) WeatherBug (Free) iBooks: Kindle (Free) NPR (Free) Google Earth (Free) Goodreads (Free) Wikipanion (Free) TV: ABC, NBC, CBS (Free) Pandora (Free) Podcast (Free)
    27. 27. Medication Management and Health Track • • • • • • • • • Pill Boxie Rx Mind Me My Medical HeartWise Blood Pressure Tracker WebMD Med Reminder Motion Doctor MedWatcher – usefully and polished app for adults (free) I-Triage
    28. 28. Safety • GPS tracking devices • PERS (personal emergent response system) • Elder 911 and Elder 411 (for iphone)
    29. 29. Conclusion • App can be used at all ages. • There are different types of apps available for the elderly.
    30. 30. Questions????
    31. 31. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • References Anderson, J. (2013) Best ipad Apps for Senior Citizens. Retrieved from Fletcher, M., Anghilante, C., & Cliff, (2013) Assistive Technology for Older Adults Retrieved from http://www/ Lappin, J., (2011). Three Things Apple iPads Do Well For Seniors and the One Huge Error Its Design Failed To Consider. Retrieved from for-seniors-and-theone-huge-error-its-design-failed-to-consider/ Pageonce Retrieved from Electric Pockets. Bug Me! Stickies. Retrieved from!-stickies-pro-ink-notepad/id361195700 Find My iphone… Retrieved from Lowenberg, Rich, Postcards Retrieved from Skype Communications S.a.r.l, Skype for iPad. Retrieved from Zynga Inc. Words With Friends HD Retrieved from Skymobius, Inc. Vtok Retrieved from The Digital Access Project (2006). The Digital Divide. Retrieved from WebMD for iPad Retrieved from Winston, S., Anderson, C., & Alford Jeffries, L., UTILIZING UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT DIGITAL DEVICES FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING . Retrieved From Wooden Apps Production Med Reminder Pro Retrieved from