The Silver Economy: Tech sector taps surge of connected boomers

After his mother died, Stuart Arnott worried about how his elderly father would cope living on his own in Fife more than 450 miles away from the family in London.

So he created an app to allow family to post photos, messages and daily updates on a tablet computer – in effect, a digital window into the family’s life.

Mr Arnott’s father has joined the growing band of so-called “silver surfers”, who stream television, use FaceTime and turn to their tablets as easily as they would a book.

Connectivity for the elderly does not just mean to the internet, but also to their friends and families as well as services ranging from the essential to frivolous. Technology is changing lives – making people live longer and more healthily.

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