While much is made of the Digital Natives who have grown up online, one sector with much to gain from the development of online services is the world’s population of senior citizens. In A Faster Future we focus on the role that broadband applications and services can play in assisting senior citizens, both in terms of helping them remain active and healthy, and keeping a discreet watch to enable them to remain in their homes longer.
One of the programs mentioned is Federal Government’s $15 million Broadband for Seniors initiative, which as worked with NEC to deploy 2000 Internet kiosks to retirement communities around Australia. Hence it was great to see that project reach its conclusion this month. You can read more about what has been achieved in this story at ComputerWorld Australia.
Seniors are an important part of our broadband future. By 2040 there will be twice as many people in the U.S. aged 65 or older as there are today. If we are to sustain an acceptable – and hopefully improved – level of health and lifestyle services it is vital that we start investing today in broadband services to improve the efficiency of service delivery.