Getting Connected: Older Americans Embrace Technology to Enhance Their Lives shares informaton from a recent AARP study that shows that older adults are using a variety of devices to stay informed, shop and connect with others.
According to this national study of 1,520 adults conducted in Novemer 2017, over 90% of adults over 50 own a computer or laptop, 70% have a smartphone, and over 40% own a tablet. Adults 70+ are more likely to have more dated technology, such as desktops and feature phones, than those age 50-69. Want to know what the grandkids are doing? Check on Facebook. Sure enough, across all devices, over seven in ten adults 50+ are on social media, and nine in ten (91%) of those with devices say they use technology to stay in touch with friends and family.
AARP was founded in 1958 and has 37 million members. It is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people over the age of 50. AARP is well-known for its advocacy efforts, providing its members with important information, products and services that enhance quality of life as they age. They also promote community service and keep members and the public informed on issues relating to the over 50 age group.