Senior Australians and information technology
Information technology provides ever-expanding opportunities to communicate, gather information, conduct personal business, access service, and enjoy entertainment and hobbies.
However, significant segments of the population, including some older adults, are still excluded.
Brotherhood researchers have been commissioned to evaluate several projects to increase digital inclusion, including the Chelsea Seniors ICT Access Project in the City of Kingston and the Carlton Digital Inclusion Project involving public housing residents.
Our study of an iPad Essentials course delivered in Melbourne countered stereotypes by confirming the capacity of older adults to successfully engage with new technologies.
This small study also shows the potential of these technologies to strengthen social connections, develop personal interests and support routine tasks, and suggests some keys for effective training courses.