The elderly among us continue to remain on the edge of the “digital divide”. This separation is well known and is split among many different lines including wealth, education, ethnicity, and age, among others (e.g., gender, country of residence, state of residence, broadband access, etc.). While there has been progress made in shrinking these partitions, there is much more remaining to be done. Our particular interest is in the use of IT by senior citizens, as they comprise one of the fastest-growing segments of society, both in the USA and internationally. Furthermore, this group has a tremendous amount of disposable income (compared to younger generations) to spend on IT and its related products, and stands to gain significantly by getting on the “computer bandwagon”. Issues such as social interaction, government services, e-commerce activities, healthcare, and education can be enhanced through increased computer usage by our senior citizens. This paper will investigate the current state of the art with regard to IT use by the elderly and report on what has been done, and remains to be done, to integrate this very special group of users into the mainstream of modern digital society.
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