I have 5 "pupils" over the age of 70 and all of them seem to be quick learners. They mostly like the internet more than trying to learn Word, Excel, Publisher etc... as they can talk (email) their friends, relatives whatever. They all seem to have the latest equipment, PC, TFT monitor, CD or DVD Rewriter, digital camera. I just hope when I retire I have that sort of money.
It just shows how much things have changed. When I used to come home from school, I would spend the rest of the day on my computer and my mum would get annoyed at me because she never had a chance to speak to me (this was about 20 years ago). I visited her recently, and she spent most of the day on her PC (using Word to print something for her art group) and I got annoyed with her for the same reason. Mind you, she is still only a mere 63.
I think it's great that computers have become so widely used by people of all ages, because when you think about it why should age make any difference?
Its surprising how many senior citizens are taking up the computer as a sociable pastime. I know of a block of small villages, all within a radius of 3 to 6 mile of each other. The county council introduced a computer scheme about three years ago [now discontinued, due to funding] for elderly people. Each person was supplied with a computer and internet connection on a twelve month loan basis, plus limited training was also given. It was surprising how many people later obtained their own computers, and still make daily contact with each other for an on-line chat. For some of these people, who are disabled in various forms and have very limited access to the outside world, it as been a great achievement.