I don’t actually know a grandmother with a pink iPod, but I’m certain she is out there. In fact, I’m a grandmother who might just purchase one, especially after reading an interesting article in today’s The State newspaper (SC). What captured my attention was a photograph of a 90 year old senior holding her iPod and saying, “It’s so nice to punch a little button and get music.”
While many of them might still think of a blackberry as a cobbler ingredient, others know better. In fact, the number of Americans 65 and older using the Internet went up 160 percent from 2000 to 2007, according to a Pew Internet and American Life Project. They email family and friends, listen to music on iPods, conduct online research, write books, use digital cameras, play video games, shop, read blogs, produce home slide shows, and burn DVDs.
What I LOVE about this article is that it reaffirms that growth, change, and development can happen at any stage of life, and as a person approaching the golden years, this is exciting. I’m hoping someone will respond to this posting with an instance of an older adult who has embraced technology in some way. Another question to consider might be how technology can change seniors’ lives.