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Embracing technology: improving the lives of over 60s

Technology is increasingly making our lives easier: food delivered to your door at the touch of a button, movies on demand day or night, and of course, never having to read a map when driving is pretty nifty.

But government statistics show that 74 per cent of over 70s are “digitally disengaged” and approximately 34 per cent of Australians aged 50 years and over (about 2.7 million people) had either low digital literacy levels or did not use digital devices or the internet.

However, according to positive ageing advocate, author and director of Global Ageing Network, Marcus Riley, the emerging generation of older people are becoming increasingly engaged with technology and has outlined a number of ways that technology can help “successful ageing”.

Riley believes that although they might have found it difficult at first, older people are actively using technology, with 85 per cent of people aged 65 years and older using the internet at least once per day.

“The once resistant, older generations are engaging with technology to not only help them maintain their quality of life, but in some instances, even improve it,” he said.

“An interesting thing to note is that older generations are even influencing the development of technology as it adapts to meet the demands of our ageing population.”

Aged care Insite spoke with Riley to hear about the six ways technology can improve the lives of the over-sixties.

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