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Someone told me that I don’t talk about seniors enough. Fair comment.
They often like libraries. We don’t have a terrible positioning with them (and sometimes us). We mght forget some of their issues if we don’t make it an explicit discussion.
They have changed though! Seniors are, in some aspects, one of the fastest growing segments of the web population. In general, this new seniors demographic is largely better off, healthier, and have been online an using PC’s for many years. They likely want more than mouse training!
Want to research more? I won’t reproduce all the links here but head to the Pew site and search “seniors” and you’ll find a whole wheelbarrow (306 as of today) full of useful reports on the new senior.
Here’s some other interesting stuff:
Making Your Web Site Senior Friendly
e – Health and the Elderly: How Seniors Use the Internet for Health Information
What do Seniors want?
Serving Seniors: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians (and bibliography)
by RoseMary Honnold and Saralyn A. Mesaros
Hopefully this will help me look a little less millennial-centric. Just remember which population is larger, growing, and will be around longer… and keep a foot in all camps.

Posted on: July 19, 2006, 4:04 pm Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Janet Frey said

    AARP has a good site for teaching & promoting technology to seniors.
    Be sure to check out the how to guides. They definitely extend beyond PC basics.