Seniors finding Facebook friends

November 12, 2009 3:56:08 PM PST
The most frequent users of the internet are people 20 to 30 years old, but they don't dominate every aspect of life online.

Older generations are surfing the net more than ever, even at some retirement homes!

In the last four years, the largest increase in internet users has been among those 70 to 75 years old. At the Maris Grove retirement community, they're being offered a senior-friendly class on how to use Facebook.

"I found some nieces I've never seen before," said 85-year-old Richard Zwerlein.

A recent survey shows that about 45% of people in the 70 to 75 age group now go online, compared to 26% in 2005.

The number of Facebook participants, age 55 and over, has risen more than 500% in the just the past few months!

Maris Grove began offering Facebook classes two months ago, helping older internet users stay connected with friends and family.

"They're curious and don't have a lot of info, but want to learn more. Other's have been on it before, and want to learn how to add photos," said Jenn Allen of Maris Grove.

In the near future, millions of baby boomers will expect retirement communities to have whatever is new on the internet, so the operators of Maris Grove consider this an important dress rehearsal for what will undoubtedly be a way of life for seniors in the next decade.

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