Online access boosted by the tablets

Smiling senior woman using digital tablet while lying at the parkRecent official statistics show a positive trend in the use of available online access by the over 65s. Over one third are using the internet regularly.The Office of National Statistics (ONS) says that for the first time, over half of those in the age range 65-74 now have access to the internet at home.

Although this is greatly encouraging,there is still a great number of people for whom the digital revolution has had little or no impact. It is reckoned that there are still 5 million people over the age of 65 who have never been online.

With this high number in mind, government and many charities are actively promoting the benefits and confidence that skills on the internet can bring to older people. Apart from the many ways to cut domestic bills and other spending by being online, many people find that they are less isolated by being more connected with family,friends and the world at large. Age UK, provides information about the value of these internet skills, together with details of suitably tailored courses.

Some further ONS stats are:

“While nine out of ten adults (90 per cent) aged 35-44 have the internet at home, this falls to just a quarter (26 per cent) of over 75s. And while virtually all (99 per cent) 25-34s own a mobile phone, only half (51 per cent) of over 75s own a mobile, with this age group more likely to have a landline (94 per cent) than 16-24s (67 per cent).” It is also interesting to note that when asked what media would be missed the most, people aged over 75 are also far more likely to miss their TVs the most (65 per cent), and then the radio (15 per cent).  Young adults aged 16-24,however, would miss their mobile phone the most(28 per cent), followed by the internet (26 per cent) and TV (23 per cent).”

The over 65s play catch-up

The ONS says there is evidence, however, that older age groups are getting to grips with technology.For the first time, over half (55 per cent) of those aged 65-74 have access to the internet at home while over three quarters (77 per cent) now have a mobile.

And the tablets?

Well, tablets like the iPad have grown dramatically in popularity being a handy mobile device of choice for would be silver surfers of the net.The tablet is seen as a driver in the surge of internet access by older people.

If you know of family or friends seeking or needing to join the digital revolution, why not help them look out for a course nearby on computers and the internet.Indeed,you may be interested in learning more of the wide range of the fascinating information you can ‘tap into’ on a daily basis. It is such a valuable facility that can enhance the quality of life. Another source of inspiration for you maybe silver surfers training. Please do let me know how you get on.Feedback may help me to find other resources that could be helpful. You can stay in touch by signing-up for my newsletter, which among other topical things will have some further information from time to time on joining the online community.

Who will care for the carers in our society beyond 2017?

Geriatrics and elderly careWho will care for the carers ?

According to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), more of us are worrying about how we will be cared for when we are older. A growing number of us have taken on the  responsibility for the care of parents, but the IPPR sees a growing ‘family care gap’ developing as the number of older people in need of care  exceeds the number of family members able to provide it. This gap is expected to be apparent for the first time in 2017

The huge challenge is to meet the care needs of an ageing baby boomer generation.This could increasingly continue to fall on adult children and their partners, with women being seen as the main carers and most likely to have to give-up work to take on the care responsibilities. The IPPR draws out a number of key issues which demand a rethink of how we look after each other in later life. There is the refocusing of the respective roles of state and individuals, also the widening of the narrow  focus on physical and health needs to include those needs necessary  to lead a decent life in older age.
Whose responsibility is it anyway?
The state though holding a pivotal role has never been the main provider, in the post-war period, of care and support for the elderly. It is family support that has carried most of the weight for this, at an estimated annual value of £55billion.
As budgets for spending on elderly care continue to be severely constrained, a recent NHS survey reveals that few of us believe government has the right social care policies. Post-war society has changed rapidly as the baby boomer generation age. More people now live alone, and family members often live far apart for both social and economic reasons. Looking forward,the IPPR in its report, is seeking to highlight solutions that place greater value on mutual  support provided by resources working within families,neighbourhoods and community networks.
So finally what can be done?
In making its recommendations the IPPR,believes the post-war model of social care needs a fundamental rethink, as it does not meet the wants and needs of the elderly, nor does it it prepare society to deal with an ageing  population.
A core recommendation is
  • the building and development of new neighbourhood networks  designed to help older people stay active and healthy, and support families find the right work care life balance.

This would work with other recommendations for

  • better care-coordination and single point contact
  • giving power to older people, families and carers to buy services directly using a community based ‘shared budget’
  • stronger employment rights enabling carers to better able combine work and care.
You can read the full IPPR report here…

Home Based Data Entry Jobs For Retired People

Are you a retired offer? Looking for some work to make money out of your spare time? Obviously you are not alone. There are thousands of retired people earning from home based data entry jobs and the interesting part is that they are making thousands of dollars per month. That is not a false or fake statement. According to an estimate of 2004 of Unites States Labor, approximately twenty million people were somehow associated with home based jobs. Most of these home based jobs are data entry jobs. You must have used computers and basic word processing software packages in your office life. Even if you haven’t used them ever, it is not a very big task to learn these software packages. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel along with a few other tools are mostly used in all type of data entry tasks. Therefore, if you are efficient with Excel micros, you can truly perform some hour’s job in few minutes.

Moreover, if you were somehow associated with an advertising or marketing career in your professional life, then it would not be a very big task for you to start your own business of data entry. This might be one of your dreams in whole of your life span, which you can make true now. You just need to have a good portfolio of employers and jobs so that new employers can get readily attracted by your services. Moreover, if you see you are unable to handle the workload, you can outsource the work to your juniors or your friends and can provide them with an earning opportunity. This will allow being a boss as well as giving a good amount of supplementary profit to your pocket every month.

Many data entry jobs require typing, proofreading, copying, pasting, sorting, aligning, highlighting, and classifying. These are those things which do not require any excessive skills. Hence, if you just spend few hours on internet at freelance websites and at classified websites, you can truly find some reputed and good paying employers. All you need to do is to determine the most reputed and reliable employer so that you can get ensured of the payment. Moreover, as soon you get reputed, you will be provided with some high class employers who not only pay high but also have regular and long term work. These employers can become a reason for your own business as well. If you see long term and regular work, there’s no reason you stop establishing your own business. You have a number of options when you go for hiring other people. Either you can locally find your fellows or juniors for the work or can advertise for your job on internet. You should go for the most convenient and best method so that you can get maximum profits and highest reliability. Moreover, if you are doing your business on internet, you should have a reliable and efficient payment processor as well in order to process the payments of your employers and employees.

My name is Kausar Khan and I run a very successful Internet business out of my home. I have been doing this business full time since 2003. Please do visit my websites and for more information.


Are There Jobs For Retired People On The Internet?

The Internet is a vast place, and a mystery to many retired people. Oh, they use it all right, it is all just a mystery exactly how it works. You can find anything and everything on the Internet, and those looking for jobs for retired people it might be a rude awakening as to why anyone would want to read about this, or watch a You Tube Video about something else.

The question really should be about how do you find jobs for retired people online. Many retired people are only looking for part time jobs after retirement benefits kick in. Often what they really mean is are there part time work at home jobs, no scams for retired people. These are a little more focused and gets to the meat of the question. Can a person who needs to add income to their retirement income use the Internet? This becomes a particularly sticky issue during times when the jobless rate in the offline world is high.

You will use the Internet to find jobs for retired people in two ways:

One is with your basic job searches. You might look for reputable agencies, find classified ads in your area, use Craigs List and other job hunting services. This sort of search will send you in the right direction, give you leads etc. Along the same lines would be to use forums setup  to find jobs for retired people where people can share ideas, resources and hot tips with each other.

The other way is to actually find places online where you can do work and get paid. There are many legitimate work from home businesses and job opportunities, and there are many offers that are out to get you. Before you even touch one offer, you must take the time to educate yourself about this kind of thing. One rule of thumb, for the most part you do not pay people to give you work, that is where the disreputable people work. You pay for training, you pay start up costs for a home based business, you pay for supplies, but you do not fork over to let someone give you work that they supposedly will pay you to do.

One solution might be to learn how to earn commissions by sending customers to websites where they already want to buy the type of product being sold. This is called affiliate marketing. This is probably the most promising of the jobs for retired people, as you work from home on your computer. Once you learn the system, it gives you many directions to go. It will take some serious training, but once you have it, it might be just the ticket to bring in extra money. .

Sue Fegan stopped teaching after 34 years to move to the beach with her husband who is lucky enough to be fully retired. Sue has been studying ways to earn extra retirement income with various Internet marketing systems.

Read more about the benefits of affiliate marketing as great jobs for retired people on my Extra Retirement Income Solutions website