Selfies at the coffee table- How older people can learn to use technology

Modern technologies have the potential to support older people in their everyday lives. Yet many older adults barely use digital devices and media because they don‘t have the technological skills. The ACCESS research project is developing learning formats to enable digital participation.

The first time she held a tablet in her hands, Edith Heide (not her real name) was adamant: »I‘ll never learn this at my age.« Edith Heide has always lived in a village, and had zero experience of digital technology, the internet, or social media. Nor was she particularly interested, said the 75-year-old, until she took part in a research project at the University of Siegen. This was when she discovered the benefits of digital tech, especially for her daily life.

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