Computers and technology

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Technology and digital inclusion is about ensuring that people living in later life can make the best use of today’s modern technology to increase their quality of life and experience the socially inclusive benefits it offers.

What we do

Age UK delivers a number of UK-wide digital inclusion programmes and campaigns working with many local and national partners. We support those in later life to benefit from internet access and technologies at all stages of engagement through taster sessions, on-going courses and outreach programmes.

Age UK is currently working in partnership with EE to help deliver the National Techy Tea Party - open for everyone to come along to learn more about technology over tea and biscuits.

We support activities through expert information, best practice materials, training, grants and consumer materials.

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Recent Age UK publications and reports

Here are a selection of recent and important documents. For related Age UK publications please use the search box below to carry out a more comprehensive search.

opens link in new window ‘Pressing the Right Buttons’ – New users of the internet at older ages (PDF, 1.2MB)
This 2013 research explores the barriers older people face in using the internet for the first time. Interviews were undertaken with new users of the internet at various learning settings to understand why they started using the internet. 

opens link in new window Online Government Services and the offline older generation (PDF 733 KB)

A 2011 report that highlights the large percentage of older people potentially alienated by the push towards online only channels and suggests strategies that might be adopted to tackle this problem.

opens link in new window Digital exclusion and older people (PDF 554 KB)

A 2009 report of qualitative research on the barriers and enablers to tackling digital inclusion in later life.

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