Imperial, California - Youngsters might look at their grandparents and see them as among those unfortunates who are sadly deficient in the ways of 21st Century technology, reports the Association of Mature American Citizens. And, for the most part, they are right.
But, take heart, AMAC tells its over-50 membership. There is hope for even the most deficient of us. A new study shows that while senior citizens might be unable to cope with a computer or smart phone, it should be easier to navigate a tablet, also known as an iPad or an E-Reader.
Shelia Cotten, a Michigan State University professor, headed up the study and says that the problem many older people have is their lack dexterity. "A certain level of muscle control is needed [on a computer]. And some older adults have shaking issues, in addition to muscle-control issues in their hands and arms."
Cotton says the research shows that "for the most part they [tablets] are pretty easy to operate. You don't have to click on 12 different things to do what you want to do. It helps to ease tech anxiety."