Technology for Seniors and the Elderly Part 1 of 2 | Where Seniors Can Get Discount Internet Access

This will be a two-part video on
technology for seniors and the elderly. I’m going to discuss how seniors get and
first use the Internet in part one and then what information
online can be useful to senior citizens in part two and link to both parts one
and two in the comments section below when they’re both released. Hi, I’m Jim
Costa. I’m a videography, photography and technology guru and I created this blog
to help you to become a #techsavvysenior. My tips and advice are useful to anyone,
but my specific focus is in helping seniors to become more familiar with
technology to improve and better their lives. Seniors today are faced with a dilemma.
They did not grow up during the era of computers and the Internet, yet this age
group now depends on this technology. As a result, seniors are learning more and
using technologies for the first time. In general, technology is helping to give
senior citizen and improved quality of life through increased connectivity and
a sense of community. Well, did you guys know that sometimes
then you’re recording your blog your cat, this is Leia. Say hi, decides she
wants attention and jumps right in your lap. Somewhere around here, Leia has a twin
brother named Luke. They’re both black kitties.
They were both strays that we adopted. Say hi. Can I go back to work now? I love
you but I need time to record my blog. I’ll pet you after, okay? The senior
population is rapidly accepting the use of the Internet. In fact, Internet
adoption has grown tremendously in the past two decades.
A recent Pew Research Center study reports that only 14% of seniors had
Internet in their homes in the year 2000, but as of 2017 that number has increased
67% for adults over the age of 65. In addition, 51% have high-speed Internet,
known as broadband. Across the age spectrum, from seniors 65 to over 80, the
younger segment is more likely to have the Internet than older adults
up in their eighties. 82% of seniors 65 to 69 have the Internet, while
only 44% of those over 80 have Internet in their home. So, what our seniors doing
when they do go online? Well 46% were reported to use social
networking sites such as Pinterest or Facebook. As a side note, only 3% of seniors were using Twitter. Another major reason why seniors use the
Internet is to find information that they need. In fact, a whopping 94%
agree that the Internet makes finding information far easier. 53% of
seniors use the internet to find information about health care or medical
issues. Other top motivators for the Internet use among seniors is to shop
online, search for bargains, keep up with community news and to watch videos
seniors are also increasingly more confident with banking online, visiting
government websites and using video chat services like Skype to keep in touch
with those they love. For instance, seniors can now connect with counselors
or nurses using video conferencing if they are unable to leave their home due
to an illness or mobility issue. Caregivers can also utilize the internet
to help to provide better care for seniors. They may control appliances, home
security and lighting in a seniors home, even when the caregivers are not
actually in the home because it can be done remotely through the Internet.
Internet technology can help seniors improve their livelihood. For example,
they can watch exercise videos from their home or using Internet to download
e-books and e-magazines. Seniors can also play video games such as virtual reality
games on the Nintendo Wii that provides physical activity and mental stimulation.
One road block for seniors who want to have Internet in their home is affordability.
Internet costs can easily exceed $50.00 USD or even up to $100.00 USD a month just for
wireless connectivity. For seniors on a fixed income or on the low budget this
cost is prohibitive. Fortunately there are options to help senior citizens get
Internet including broadband access. Freedompop
offers 100% free high-speed Internet service with some exceptions. This
includes internet for the home as well as mobile Internet. You can get 500
megabytes of data for free but if you want more data or mobile access you will
have to pay a fee starting at $4.00 USD a month. In other words, this type of service is
only for seniors who don’t really use the Internet at all except in very
limited cases. If you go online daily or watch streaming videos then this is not a
good option for you because the cost of it would be outrageous. Another concern
is the service area. While most states in the eastern US are in the Freedompop
coverage area, those in the Midwest or out west do not have the service
available to them, so it depends on where you live. The next place to go find cheap
Internet for seniors is individual Internet providers. Check with your localInternet companies in your area to see if they offer special rates for seniors.
Most major companies do. For example, AT&T offers a low-cost wireless Internet
service for low-income households. To qualify for the program you’ll need to
receive Social Security income benefits or be in the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program or SNAP. If you are eligible,
you can get Internet for $5.00 USD to $10.00 USD a month. Now, if this is making sense
to you put, #techsavvyseniors in the comments section below. This is a good
spot to end this video but come back for part two where I discuss what
information is available online that seniors will find most useful. If you
want to see more videos like this follow my YouTube channel, Jim Costa Films. If
think what you’re saw was great, go ahead and like it. If you have an opinion, feel free to
comment below. Do you know someone who could benefit from the information that I
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YouTube and my website. I currently have over 4,100 videos on my YouTube channel,
Jim Costa Films, so feel free to check out many of my other videos. Now I also
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for that on Facebook to connect there, join the group and get even more pro
tips and tricks.

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