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Older people 'should be encouraged to go online'



Older people who are not yet using the internet should be encouraged to go online, according to a spokesperson for Age Concern.

Nancy Johnson, technology and digital inclusion development manager at the charity, said there are many benefits to using the web for the over 50s.

Those who do not have access, or do not know how to get online, are missing out on a number of important services, she claimed.

Her comments come after research from Just Retirement revealed that 65 per cent of silver surfers regularly shop on the internet, while 90 per cent use it to send emails.

But Ms Johnson said there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that the over 50s are able to fully embrace digital technology.

"Access is important, but the key to getting older people online is making sure education and training is available to demystify online technology," she remarked.

She also said Age Concern research shows that over two-thirds of older web users believe the internet has improved their lives.



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