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Saturday, April 10, 2010

For elderly, wired world holds terror - or delight

Sam Allis, The Boston Globe

They grew up in a time when technology meant a wall telephone, a TV set with three channels, and a radio. Today they're in the midst of a monumental transition. While some senior citizens are handling the rapid rise of the Internet age well - e-mailing, posting family photos on Facebook, paying bills online - for many it has prompted sheer terror.

People have always faced changes as they age - cable TV, voice mail, call waiting - but no generation has been thrown so much change, so fast, as today's seniors. Those who've adjusted feel confident. Those who've resisted feel vulnerable, oblivious to how critical the computer will be to help them stay in touch with friends, order food, or buy prescription drugs as they become more housebound.

If there is a silver lining, it's this: The next generation of seniors - the baby boomers - will not have to go through this wrenching change. They know how to reboot, IM, and tweet.

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