Created: Thu, 12 May 2011 06:17:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 06 May 2013 01:58:04 EST
Increasing numbers of seniors are now retired and wired. In this Healthy Living report, I'll show you how the technology gap could be narrowing for older adults. These Carlyle Place seniors are getting excited about Facebook, smartphones and all things hi-tech David Reed: I know how to get on the internet, I know how to find Facebook, I use Facebook, I use it for my grandchildren and my daughter andI have a standing appointment and get to Skype once a week. Rachel Queen leads the popular workshop to educate seniors about the benefits of technology on wellness. Rachel shows seniors how to use technology like Facebook, IPads and E-readers to promote communication. Rachel Queen: “ I think seniors are hesitant at first, but once they see, they get comfortable with what all is out there. They warm-up to it. It does take more time than someone in college. “ David Reed: : “I think in the beginning you are frightened, but if you have an encourager, about the second time you say I get it. I think it is more the fear of the unknown than the fear of technology.” Bill Speidel is another skill savvy senior. He's one of the one in eight senior adults in America actively using Facebook Bill says he can't exist without a computer or access to technology. “It is a tremendous resource, and I am amazed at the number of my friends in their sixties seventies and eighties who say I will never get a computer. That makes no sense at all. “ For David, being digitally dynamic is a way for him to live and love life. David Reed: “It is the way that people live now, and if you want to continue to live, you need to embrace technology and see what it can do for you.” While young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, between the years 2009 and 2010, social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled from 22 to 42 percent.