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Why get online?

The majority of retired people are now online. As of 2014, nearly 60% of the over 65 were Internet users. That number is getting higher all the time, and for good reason. The Internet is a great way to read the latest news, stay in touch with family, get medical information and manage appointments, renew prescriptions, and access medical records. It’s how many of us shop and bank without leaving our homes. For an increasing number, it’s a way to stay in the workforce and even launch a new career or business. And some are going online to make new friends and to find romantic partners through online dating.

The reasons the older part of our community go online are as varied as the users themselves and include:

  • Participating in social and cultural activities
  • Keeping in touch with loved ones
  • Meeting new friends or romantic partners
  • Online banking, shopping and investing
  • Making travel arrangements
  • Getting medical advice and information including doctor reports and test results
  • Sharing and viewing pictures
  • Exploring and sharing political views
  • And much, much more…

Like all powerful tools, the Internet and mobile technologies come with some risks. These risks can be managed as long as you follow some basic rules of the road. So, for all the great things covered here, I will also go over some precautions to help keep you safe.

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