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Helping Older Adults Learn Computer Skills and Find Reliable Online Health Information

Updated on March 18, 2015

Senior Learning


The U.S Department of Health and Human Services has published a tool kit to be used by trainers to teach older adults computer skills and how to find health information online. The tool kit contains lesson plans that include tips on working with older adult learners in a classroom, a curriculum to follow that can be modified for different skill levels, handouts, and promotional materials.

Whether you are planning to organize and conduct a senior learning event, or are looking for some tips for yourself or to help Mom or Dad, the website includes some valuable information. The featured websites have audio and video enhancements to assist older adults who have vision and hearing problems or difficulty reading.

The added benefit of having a class that isn't mentioned in the material, is that it provides an opportunity for seniors to socialize with other seniors in a structured activity and a positive setting. The access to health information could be motivation for some seniors to learn computer skills who wouldn't otherwise be inclined to learn. It might also be a way to help them better care for themselves, save on medical expenses, improve self esteem, and gain a sense of self efficacy.

Many community centers, YMCAs, schools, businesses, community colleges, and employment offices have classrooms with computers that are already being used for other purposes. Perhaps these could be made available to a senior group. There are many students looking for ideas for a school project, social service agencies looking for ways to promote wellness, activity directors looking for new activities, and retired teachers looking for a way to contribute to their community. Click on the links below to learn more about teaching a class on computer skills and online health information, or to find helpful websites with reliable health information for older adults.


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    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      Hi Gus! glad you enjoyed! and, thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Kim, thanks for the useful article.

      Gus :-)))

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      Glad you like it RTalloni. Thank you!

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      This is great info. Thanks!

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting sherry! Knowing how to help and when to help.....and when NOT to help is a skill in itself! I'm glad you found some inspiration here.

    • sherrylou57 profile image


      7 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you, for this inspiring hub. Thank you for helping others. I am a senior and I love helping others.

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping in to read and comment easylearningweb! I look forward to reading it when you get it written. Please be sure to share!

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      Amelia Griggs 

      8 years ago

      Hello kimh039,

      Interesting topic. Over the years, I had the opportunity to work with seniors at a Long Term Care facility, teaching them computer skills. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had. You have inspired me to write a hub on the it's definitely on my list of topics to write about. Thanks!


    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by for a read, Saddler. With all this information coming at us, I think we don't have much choice but to learn! And as much as we learn, there's still so much more to be learned! I do think it can be overwhelming for some. Best regards.

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      8 years ago

      Hi Kim as I am part of the silver generation, baby boomer,graying society I thirst more for knowledge and being able to share with other seniors. I have taken up networking, internet marketing, blogging, emailing and much more. We are never to old to learn new things. Technology is galloping along and if us seniors lag behind we won't be able to keep up with that pace. Thank you for sharing this post, many of us still have our capacity to learn and be taught by the younger generation:0)

    • kimh039 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kim Harris 

      8 years ago

      Thank You, Vern.

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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      Rom time to time, I "work" with seniors in my practice and many of them poo poo getting involved in cyberspace, etc., so this blog is a good resource for me and them. thanks

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      An excellent help, society these days so easily forgets our seniors.


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