As we are discussing how elderly look upon technology, we are forgetting one simple fact: that the elderly are already using lots of technology. And on top of that, they are much more dependent on the technology they are using. Going even further their life often depends on these technologies. Take for example a peace-maker which is of vital importance and whitch you are more likely to find with an older person. Another device that will not go as far as ending the life of the owner when malfunctioning, but nevertheless rendering him incapacitated is a hearing aid or glasses to give two examples . But even drugs can be seen as technology, and few people who have reached a certain age aren’t depended on one or more pill’s or shot’s of insulin each day. As you can see, where technology is mostly a bonus for younger people it is often a necessity for the older of age. And thus we should be weary not to make our senior citizens too ‘addicted to technology’. Take for instance the case of a relative of mine. She lived in with an older lady, who, after some time, wasn’t able to go up and down the stairs herself. A stairs lift was promptly installed (the type of chair that automatically goes up a stairs on rails). But it was not dismissed after the elder lady died many years later. Instead, the relative used it to go up and down the stairs although being perfectly capable of doing so herself. And by always taking the elevator she got so unused at taking those stairs that after a while she hust wouldn’t dare take it.
A less serious example is this article where a the habitants of a home in England got sort of addicted to the WII console.
To conlude this post: saying that the elderly are eager to use technology that will facilitate their lives may be an understatement as this technology is often life-depending for them.