WXHC spoke last week with AARP Foundation president Lisa Marsh Ryerson.
She discussed the importance of digital literacy and confidence among older adults, especially during a pandemic that is pushing many traditional tasks online like ordering groceries, paying bills and staying connected.
AARP research shows tech ownership among older adults is growing, with more than half (51%) of adults 50+ currently owning a tech product.
However, just 26% of internet users ages 65+ report feeling very confident using their computers, smart phones or other electronic devices to engage online, according to the Pew Research Center.
The pandemic has only further amplified this technology literacy gap and left older consumers subject to cyber attacks, according to Marsh Ryerson.
A recent FBI report that shows a 400% increase in scams since the onset of COVID.
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