Press release


Friday 30 November 2012

Dr Ros Altmann, Director General of Saga, comments on ILC research showing that 7.5 million adults have never used the internet and urges children and grandchildren to use Christmas family time to teach older relatives about technology:


"These figures show the potential for increasing online engagement amongst older generations and explains how this can enhance their lives in so many ways.

"As we approach the festive season and families are getting together across the country, we'd love to see more children helping to get their parents and grandparents up to speed on the latest technology. Teaching them how to use ipads and iphones or the internet and social networking sites could be a fun thing to do together and also give older relatives a real boost.

"We have seen huge increases in the number of older people using the internet and we welcome any initiatives that help this trend continue. There are significant benefits to getting older people online such as helping them stay in touch with their family and enabling them to better search for good deals on services or products they are purchasing.

"The use of technology in health and care could also help people remain in their homes for longer as they get older. For many, it could cut the travel time and inconvenience they face for what are relatively quick-to-carry-out health checks. It also allows people at risk of social isolation to keep in touch.

"Amongst our own customers we see more older people using the internet all the time - from engaging in blogs and social forums to reading news and researching products."