Sewing OATS: Senior Citizens Get Wired in Tech and Social Media

According to a study published this summer by Experian Simmons, baby boomers and senior citizens (the over 50 crowd) is the fastest growing segment of social network users online.  And apparently, they don’t give damn about privacy the way the uptight young ones in their 20’s do.

The Older Adults Technology Services organization in New York (OATS) wants you to know that the elderly population is not taking a quiet back seat on the tech-bus.  They want to be tech and social media savvy like you (move over millenials!).  There are no doubt dozens of similar organizations across the country that address the needs of the elderly who need to be trained in technology and social media but who have limited resources with which to do it (no computers or expendable income to pay for training).  OATS has created a great community organization.

I went to an OATS ceremony several years ago honoring people who contributed selflessly to the organization’s cause.  I also had the opportunity to speak with several OATS members (elderly people who had been recently trained on using the internet and computers) and was very moved.  In this day and age, being online is no longer an option, it’s a means of survival (particularly for an elderly person who can’t leave the house to interact with the rest of the world as much as they would like).

This video (produced by OATS) offers a peak into a community’s efforts to education its elderly in technology.  How would you feel about adopting an elderly person in social media or in your local neighborhood and helping them to become tech-savvy?

To support OATS click here http://oats.org/get_involved

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