|Carol Bremner, a frequent guest writer, cyber-entrepreneur, and blogger; tells us that older people are blogging these days. Mostly to share their experience. Hmm…guess I can attest to that. Carol is an expert in helping folks learn about computers. Check out her blog at CreativeHomeComputing.com. Her blog contains lots of information about how to use computers and software; and great home computer projects.|
Senior adults are not going to let computer technology pass them by. Computer clubs are starting at seniors’ centers all over the country. Not only do these people want to learn how to use a computer, they want to share their experiences and expertise on the Internet.
The number of older bloggers rises every month. These seniors, ranging from their early 60’s to over 90 years old, are writing regularly on a wide range of topics – from politics, to local events, to gardening and nature. Besides the enjoyment gained from sharing what they’ve learned, blogging keeps their minds active, enables them to befriend people from around the globe, and gives them a renewed interest in life.
One of our computer club members has started a blog to share his love of car racing. He has old racing programs and photos from the 1960’s. By scanning his collection into a computer, all of the memories can be shared on his blog, along with his comments about the time. What a wonderful way to preserve some of our history.
My 86-year-old mother wanders around her house looking for a sunny spot to settle down with her laptop. Then she works on creating her newest how-to guide – so far there are instructions for playing piano, blogging, and using QuickBooks. Those guides will either be sold on a CD or she’ll allow people to purchase them as a digital download that they can save to their own computers and then print out to read. If mom finds a product that her readers might find useful, she’ll sign up as an affiliate and promote it on one of her websites. The digital camera is always close by to take pictures of anything that might sell on eBay. Her days are full and happy, no time to wonder what to do with herself.
We need the knowledge of those who have gone before us. Since people today are living longer and more active lives, why not use computers to keep mentally fit as well?
©Carol Bremner 2010
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