Thoughts on Technology and Old Age

By Alan Ralph on May 22, 2020 — 1 min read

Old people and their computers in lockdown

This video really chimes with me, as someone who helped their parents get to grips with using computers, email, social media, etc. from 1999 onwards. And it has been great seeing how older folks have learnt how to use technology to stay connected during the pandemic.

I’m now at an age where I’m more aware of how that technology sometimes fails to adapt to the needs of those whose eyesight, for instance, isn’t as good these days.

It’s not just down to younger folks to teach their elders how to use technology. It’s down to designers, coders and manufacturers to make that technology more accessible. Not just for the elderly but for anyone whose mental or physical condition makes it harder for them to use devices, apps or websites.

(Hat tip to Miraz Jordan.)

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