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Electronic Technologies and Older Adults...

Since the 1970s, electronic information and communications technologies have transformed American society - and the lives of older adults. While working adults in the "baby-boom" generation adapted and acquired skills in the use of computing and other technologies, others did not - at least immediately. At the turn of the century, The so-called "digital divide" for older adults is closing as they acquire computer skills.

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It is significant to note that older Americans are working longer or adding work to their retirement planning. While there may be many occupations that still do not require knowledge of both computing and other information and telecommunications technologies, a great number do. Two concepts have to merge to accommodate this change in the work environment. Older adults may be required to learn computing skills and the computing technologies must address the capabilities of older users.

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