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Who is this mysterious tribe named “the elderly”?

I continue to puzzle at why “the elderly” is used with such abandon especially on social media and notably amongst health professionals and people working in the  technology industry. Our ageing population represent a victory for better nutrition, better housing, and the welfare state. People in later life offer wisdom, experience, perspective and a wide range of skill sets and capacities.

Why are we not embracing and utilising the wealth of knowledge and experience of older people to develop, deliver and support digital services rather than making assumptions?

So I thought I would ask Twitter about the mysterious “the elderly” tribe!

As I frequently comment “age is a statistical category not an identity. Strangely people aged sixty plus are not one homogeneous group, we are as varied as individuals in any other sector of the population and our different life experiences inform our perspectives as consumers. Older people may have similar needs physically but these do not erase life experiences, preferences and orientations.

A gentle reminder that baby boomers (generally considered to have been born between 1946 and 1964) have expectations and aspirations shaped by:

1953 Francis Crick and James Watson discovering the structure of DNA.

1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his historic “I Have a Dream” speech

1993 work on the Human Genome Project started

1969 Neil Armstrong becomes the first man to set foot on the moon

1971 Launch of the Open University

1973 Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is released

1998 Google founded

1998 Launch of Apple iMac

2001  Launch of Wikipedia and the first Apple iPod..

2004 Facebook is founded

2006 Twitter was created

Do feel free to vote in the Twitter poll and I will update this post when the results are ready In the meantime the search for “the elderly” tribe continues!

And just in case you have missed this!







Getting started on the internet – a brief guide

How could I resist this question from a friend especially when “how to get started in the internet?” is one of the questions I am asked frequently so a quick round up of some useful resources.

Digital Unite helps people to unleash their digital talents through free online technology guides, a network of computer tutors, courses and an online community of learners. The excellent Guides include Computer Basics, Creating Documents and using Skype and email. @digitalunite

digitalskills.com wants to help make the UK the world’s most digitally skilled nation and provides links to basic online skills for individuals which include Getting Started on the Internet provided by Learn My Way. @Digitalskillsuk

BBC WebWise provides online courses on computer basics, internet basics and the 10 hour WebWise Online Course. Social Media Basics helps you set up an online profile, share photos with family and friends and organise events safely and securely.

Using the internet should be fun and informative. How digital technology is supporting people living with dementia provides information about a number of apps which are fun to use for everyone. I am very fond of Flower Garden – look out for your virtual bouquet!

For an easy way of keeping connected with family and friends I recommend Mindings  which connects families through social media for  a small fee. Mindings was created by my co-presenter and producer of the Disruptive Social Care podcasts @mindingsstu to keep his dad  living in Scotland connected with his family across the world through photos and messages. A lovely innovative app and definitely worth trying out  if you want to create a personal support network for family and friends.

Feeling confident and want to do more? A lovely resource provided by Community How To helps you do more in your community through technology by finding, sharing, rating and discussing a whole range of digital tools. @communityhowto

And finally Being Social #60yearsoflearning a slidedeck produced by Paul Taylor to celebrate my 60th birthday!

Please feel free to add your own suggestions and resources!

the “elderly” what’s in a word?