Get Older Adults onLine

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As social media has grown dramatically in recent years, older adults have been especially excited about embracing new networking technologies. According to a recent Pew Research Study, social media use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010. Between April 2009 and May 2010, social […]

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According to a recent Pew Research study the broadband revolution is catching fire for older adult online users. Overall, the survey found that 63% of adult Americans now have broadband internet connections at home, a 15% increase from a year earlier. In particular, older adults have experienced rapid growth in home broadband adoption with those […]

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On Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Project GOAL will be hosting two great events Get Connected Campaign Launch Breakfast featuring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and All About the Value, a Conference on Broadband & Older Adults. The event will be held at the Reserve Officer’s Association Building on corner of First and Constitution Ave, N.E. from 8:30am – 2:00pm. To RSVP, please click here.

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A “robust and vital” digital infrastructure in the 21st century has been announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and continues to be a topic of interest for older adults. This is why the FCC must ensure that the National Broadband Plan is a “top priority,” as innovation and job growth remain key issues in years […]

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Boomers are re-booting the idea of “age.” Whether being tuned into Internet radio, playing online games, monitoring our parents’ home, or exercising in front of the HDTV, we are capitalizing on the digital life. On January 8, 2011, the Silvers Summit, a showcase for the baby boomer generation, assembled to demonstrate the products and services […]

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An organization intended to get more older Americans online launched Tuesday, backed by tech giants like Verizon, Facebook, Comcast, and Microsoft. The Project to Get Older Adults onLine (GOAL) will work with aging groups in order to communicate the importance of getting more senior citizens on the Web.

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Backed by such industry heavyweights as Comcast (NASD: CMCSA), Facebook and Microsoft (NASD: MSFT), a new D.C.-based organization officially launched on Tuesday, with the goal of getting more seniors to adopt broadband services.

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The FCC's top broadband official helped launch a new initiative Tuesday aimed at encouraging more older adults to utilize the Internet. The initiative, known as the Project to Get Older Adults Online, will work to help promote the adoption of broadband services by senior citizens.

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Granny, get your Google. That's the message from a new organization that aims to get more senior citizens online. Only about 35 percent of seniors have broadband service, compared with 65 percent of the entire adult population. That means they are missing out on everything from chat time with grandchildren to lifesaving tele-medicine.

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Broadband offers many benefits for older U.S. residents, including telemedicine, increased contact with family and friends, and shopping without leaving the house, but they subscribe to the service at a much lower rate than other people, some advocates for the elderly said Tuesday.