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Learning how to use the computer can be fun and challenging for the older adult.
Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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News Articles on the Benefits of Using a Computer

One of the benefits of using a computer for older people is it will keep their memory sharp, or improve it if they do not already use one.

This article goes into a study of 2 groups of senior citizens who used a computer. One group used the computer more than the other, and their memories improved greatly.

This article is about cognitive function and how it improves when older adults use tablet computers, such as IPADs.

CBS News article about how computer games help older adults by slowing the decline of their balance and walking speed.

Helpful websites

ELDY is a free download that turns any standard PC into an easy-to-use computer for first time computer users.

Good50 is a user-friendly search engine with slightly larger font size. It's for everyone including seniors, students, people with low vision, and laptop users.

SeniorNet is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide older adults education and access to computer technologies so that they can enhance their own lives and also share their knowledge and wisdom.


What you can do on the Internet

There are many benefits to using computers and going on the internet. Some of those things are:

  • Banking
  • Researching health information
  • Paying bills
  • Playing interactive games with others on the internet
  • Pursuing hobbies
  • Sharing photos and videos
  • Keeping in touch with friends and family through e-mail and video chatting


Websites for computer exercises

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Parts of a computer

Keyboard - the keys that operate a computer, very much like a typewriter keyboard, where text can be entered. Contains extra keys for special functions.

Mouse - a small hand-held device that controls position of the cursor on the computer screen.

Computer - the brains of the CPU (or computer) The CPU interprets and carries out program instructions.

Monitor - Information is displayed on the computer screen monitor. Soon after the computer is turned on, information is displayed on this screen. Also referrred to as the desktop.


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