Why Aren’t Older Adults Buying Smartphones?

There’s an app for that – but usage by older adults is stalled.  Boomers and beyond have the spending power, but they aren’t snapping up tablets and smartphones. Pew’s latest smartphone numbers tell the story – smartphone usage has not grown beyond 11% among the 65+.  And tablet ownership, despite many cute stories, has only grown to 13%. Yet you and I both know that that these phones and tablets provide significant utility, from easy access to discounts and savings …

AARP and Senior TechRALLY a Perfect Match

Happy FRIDAY!  Jenn here from the AARP Illinois Communications Team. This week I’m going to tell you about one of the most fun events I’ve ever been a part of in my 6 years at AARP – The Senior TechRALLYâ„¢ Senior TechRALLYâ„¢ is a full-day workshop on how to use smartphones and tablets, but anyone who attends can tell you that it’s SO MUCH MORE than that! TechRALLY starts off with the absolute basics,  but by the end of the …

Obama? Romney? What Your Phone Reveals About How You’re Likely to Vote

Does a smartphone make an older American voter more like the young, tech-savvy types who were critical to Barack Obama’s success in 2008? Not so much, suggests a new poll by Velti, a mobile marketing and advertising technology firm. Sure, all those college students permanently wired to their iPhones or Androids went overwhelmingly for Obama in the last election. And political analysts think easy access to the Internet had something to do with it: Smartphones made it easy for even …

Smartphones Everywhere! Except…

It’s official. Data from 2011 shows the United States joining a few other countries in majority adoption of smartphones over so-called “feature phones.” What about AARP members? According to new data out this morning from Pew Research, 16% more of American adults 45-54 and 9% more of adults 55-64 now own a smartphone, compared to 18% of the 18-24 year olds. Except… only 2% more of those over 65 have a smartphone. Have you made the switch? If not, what’s holding …

Texting During Surgery?! The Risks of ‘Distracted Doctoring’

To help prevent medical errors and give doctors and nurses speedy access to patient records, doctors’ offices and hospitals are using more portable computers and smartphones. It’s a good idea, with many benefits, but there’s also been an unexpected downside, reports the New York Times: A state of “distracted doctoring,” in which surgeons have made personal calls during an operation, a nurse has used her phone to check airfares during surgery, and half of technicians running heart bypass machines have …

The Takeaway: Debt Talks Cont’d.; Heat Wave

Still far apart: Despite a looming deadline and mounting pressure to “get it done,” President Obama yesterday said he was not interested in any temporary “stopgap” solution to the debt ceiling problem.”That is just not an acceptable approach. So we might as well do it now. Pull off the Band-Aid.” Although the president wouldn’t get into specifics, it was clear that Social Security reforms are still on the bargaining table. … What happens if Congress fails to raise the debt …