Attention! Waverley Leader article – older citizens worried about internet use?

Do older Australians use the internet? 

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There was an article in the Waverley Leader Newspaper stating that citizens are worried about access to computers and knowledge of the internet.  http://leader.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

Monash Council is asking older residents in the community to complete an on-line survey on how Monash could become more
‘age-friendly’.  However as stated in the article older Australians may not have have the skills to use the internet. “Some of them are fairly old and I would say that the older generations are not very good with computers or the internet,” Mr Lee said. – Glen Waverley Senior Citizens Centre president Albert Lee. 

Do older Australians use the internet and are there barriers to internet use?

A 2011 report from the Productive Ageing Centre revealed that older Australians were less likely to access and use the internet and there were barriers.

http://www.productiveageing.com.au/userfiles/file/Older%20Australians%20and%20the%20Internet%20-%20Low%20res.pdf                                                                                                                                                                                    The project found three key barriers:

1. Lacking knowledge or skills on internet use

2. Confused by the technology

3. Concerned about security and viruses

Some of the other barriers that was identified were ineffective classes, cost and physical difficulties.

If older Australians are less likely to use the internet how can they have a say on community issues? What can be done to change this? What are the community’s view on this issue?

The Monash Aged friendly Survey closes on the 5 May 2014. http://www.monash.vic.gov.au/haveyoursay/age-friendly-monash.htm                                                                                                                                If you prefer a hard copy  posted to you contact Sallenna Moutis  Positive  Ageing  Community Development Officer  on 9518 3585 or
at sallennam@monash.vic.gov.au

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