Seniors represent a larger part of my client base. Some are still running their SOHO businesses, and use technology for business purposes. Others use the computer because, I am told in confidence, otherwise their grandchildren wouldn't communicate with them at all.
For a generation that relied on a telephone, the computer is a multi-piece puzzle. Moreover, as society embraces new forms of technology and views the computer as mundane, the senior computer literacy gap has widened. And that's not right. Technology like computers, iPads and iPhones can help seniors keep current with events, and to stay in touch with friends and loved ones.
That's where I can help. I can provide setup and configuration of technology devices. I can provide home-based training and assistance. I can recommend technology that I think will help a senior, and might even make their life easier. For example, I have seen seniors struggling with cellphones. Yet, I've seen many issues simply vanish when the person got an iPhone.
While fads like the Floh Club come and go, I've been in the SOHO Technology field for close to 20 years. My company, SOHO Business Enterprises, has been in business over 10 years. Personally, I don't buy into the notion that you can learn to use a computer effectively by trying to learn around it. Many people are scared of driving cars. But no one would expect that those people would get over that fear by avoiding driving, or by purchasing specially modified cars that attempt to buffer them from the driving experience. That's why I believe that the only way to learn how to use the computer is to use a computer.
I you are a senior, or if you are a caregiver for a senior, please contact me so that I can explore if I might be able to help with technology challenges.