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AARP Wyoming talks tech for those over fifty

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 9:32 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Sam Shumway, with AARP Wyoming, joined the Wyoming News Now morning show on April 22, 2021. He and Grace Foulk talked about new tech during the pandemic for those over fifty.

Below you’ll find more information from AARP Wyoming and some resources to help understand your tech.

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In a year with a global pandemic significantly limiting social interaction, technology became more important than ever, especially for older adults. New research from AARP found that more older adults (44%) view tech more positively as a way to stay connected than they did before COVID-19. In addition, 4 out of 5 adults aged 50+ rely on technology to stay connected and in touch with family and friends.

15% of adults 50+ do not have access to any type of internet and 60% say the cost of high-speed internet is a problem.

Annual tech spending increased $750 with most purchases of smartphones, smart TVs, and earbuds.

Video chats, texting, emailing, and phone usage increased during the pandemic.

· Out of the 70% of people now using video chat, 1 in 3 use it weekly

· Using a smartphone to order groceries, make telehealth visits, order prescriptions, and make appointments increased dramatically

· Half of the 50+ want to learn more about using tech

AARP has partnered with OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) to help older adults thrive in the digital world.

OATS will be a part of the AARP Virtual Community Center, a new online destination for AARP members and non-members alike.

· Free interactive online events and classes designed for learning

· www.oats.org

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