Technology: Whiz Kids with White Hair

Senior citizens are the newest members of the computer age

In many ways, senior citizens would seem to be perfect candidates for home computing. They have time on their hands and minds that tend to race ahead of their aging bodies. With a computer and telephone hookup, an elderly user who has trouble getting around can visit a library, buy a security, post a letter or run a small business without ever leaving home. But older Americans have been among the most reluctant computer users, according to industry surveys. While some 20% of all U.S. households have home computers, only 9% of adults age 60 to 69 own them -- a...

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