Computers for the Elderly

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computing for seniors

Computing for Seniors
for the over 50s

As an over 50 person and someone who has been teaching people to use a computer since the late 1980s, I am not sure difficulties learning computers are necessarily related to age. I think it is more attitude in learning something new.

Computers have been a part of my working life for more than 30 years. These kids today don’t know what kind of hoops we jumped to boot up a DOS system. I turned on the machine and then took a 15 minute break while the computer booted up. I almost crack myself up when I complain about a slow computer today. But I digress.

Regardless of the audience computer books go stale. In the old days, you could make a case for keeping older computer materials when changes were a bit slower and a bit less dramatic. Now that argument doesn’t work as well. (My 80 something grandmother is pretty good with her Iphone.) Computers look different and mobile computing has changed the landscape of technology. This was a good book back in the day and it did serve its purpose. Time to let it go.

I will be in my cube reminiscing about the good old days with LOTUS 123 in case anyone needs me. Now get off my lawn.


computing for seniors back cover

description of the computer

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  1. I bought this book for my husband (when it was up to date). The title sounds patronising, but he understood it as being friendly and not assuming any kind of prior knowledge, which is exactly what he needed.

    Unfortunately, he was still too technophobic to read the thing or attempt to use the computer. But at least I tried.

  2. What’s most interesting to me is how the definition of “seniors” changed so rapidly: in 2007, 50+. Maybe it’s just me getting old, and I am 60, but I know no one– and I know a lot of folks in their 20-40s– who would consider one who is 50 a senior citizen.

  3. I completely agree with the statement that learning to use a computer has nothing to do with age. That’s exactly what I tell all the seniors who come into my library and insist that I need to do their computer-related task for them because they are too old to learn. This particular book is old and should be weeded, but I am sure glad this genre exists so I can refer patrons to them.

  4. Wait, it’s written in the UK (GBP price first), but uses US English? And Gutenberg hasn’t looked like that in some time now, fortunately.

  5. I love that it shows how to play solitaire on the computer on the back cover–because we know that’s exactly what grandma is doing on her computer ;-P

  6. I saw modern style flat screen monitors as far back as it early 2000s! Unless you got a really low budget computer, most of them were by 2007. And why is the webpage in the script free style with Times New Roman font? Surely this book was a lazy reprint from the late 90’s.


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