Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Assisting Elderly Non-computer-Literate People with Computer-Based Communications

  • António José OsórioEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_63



Aging is emerging as an issue since both the proportion and absolute number of older people in populations around the world are dramatically increasing (WHO 2015). With advances in medicine helping more people to live longer lives, the number of people over the age of 60 years is expected to double by 2050; global life expectancy has increased by 5 years since 2000 (Gulland 2016) and is expected to increase in industrialized countries. With societies aiming to provide an active aging context for the elderly, a fourth age challenge is emerging. In this context, in addition to the importance of considering the views and needs of the eldest, it is also pertinent that their continuous participation in social, economic, cultural, and spiritual dimension opportunities, together with the promotion of healthy physical development, is ensured.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Education Research Centre (CIEd)Institute of Education, University of MinhoBragaPortugal

Section editors and affiliations

  • Don Passey
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning, Department of Educational ResearchLancaster UniversityLancasterUK