Forum for OlderCitizens

Forums are a great way of facilitating communication. The RSA* is currently evaluating forums for use of fellows and not-yet-fellows.

A lively (sometimes) conversation has been initiated. We are testing various platforms to host the forum. Slack, Discourse and ZetaBoards have been touted. We are using Slack at the moment as our main forum. I like ZetaBoards, it is fairly simple and robust. I like the layout and I have used such a board in the post.

You can see it in action at http://Forum.OlderCitizens.com become a member to see all the features though you can view it as a guest. I am also looking for admins if you have an interest. Become a member first and have a tour round.

There is an instance of Slack set up at http://OlderCitizens.slack.com

The RSA Fellows test forum for discourse  is at http://commonspace.discoursehosting.net/

If you are a group or organisation wanting to facilitate members communicating then setting up  ZetaBoards could be the way to go.

The RSA are planning to come to their decision by 15th March? We will see however whatever their decision I will persist with ZetaBoards.

So come join our forum (s) and get yourself known, increase your digital literacy level.

philip

 

 


*The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) mission is to enrich society through ideas and action.

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Today our impact is greater than ever. Fellows have access to the brightest new ideas, innovative projects, a diverse network of like-minded people and a platform for social change.

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Research (1)

Here are a few documents I have found so far with help from a Fellow or two from The RSA Getting Older Citizens to blog may not be as easy as I thought and I need help. One of my goals is to try and muster a team from The RSA to assist. Perhaps we can publish a paper? Unfortunately f2f will not be easy for me but with the help of the forum I may not need to. However I am learning lots and enjoying this immensly.

“The latest stats show that in 2010, around one in four of the working age population was aged 50 and over, and this is projected to increase to one in three by 2022” Damian Hinds (DWP).

Older Citizens need a voice and that can be through a blog. If you have come to this site to learn about how to blog go here.


Abstract  from a study of digital literacy in the older population. 

https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/69/9/1117/575499/English-Longitudinal-Study-of-Aging-Can-Internet-E

Background.

Cognitive decline is a major risk factor for disability, dementia, and death. The use of Internet/E-mail, also known as digital literacy, might decrease dementia incidence among the older population. The aim was to investigate whether digital literacy might be associated with decreased cognitive decline in older adulthood.

Methods.

Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging cohort with 6,442 participants aged 50–89 years, followed for 8 years, with baseline cognitive testing and four additional time points. The main outcome variable was the relative percentage change in delayed recall from a 10-word-list learning task across five separate measurement points. In addition to digital literacy, socioeconomic variables, including wealth and education, comorbidities, and baseline cognitive function were included in predictive models. The analysis used Generalized Estimating Equations.

Results.

Higher education, no functional impairment, fewer depressive symptoms, no diabetes, and Internet/E-mail use predicted better performance in delayed recall.

Conclusions.

Digital literacy may help reduce cognitive decline among persons aged between 50 and 89 years.

Digital literacy is defined as being able to navigate the Internet and use email.


Internet Users in the UK 2016 by Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd

 

Below is the data from Pew on Internet usage in the USA.

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/

Run your mouse over the charts to view date


Media literacy and digital exclusion in older people

Media literacy, digital exclusion and older people uploaded by  Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd


And worth reading is:

Doctor Know a Knowledge Commons in Health uploaded by  Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd

 


 Harvard Health Blog – Learning a new skill  can slow cognitive ageing.

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/learning-new-skill-can-slow-cognitive-aging-201604279502

“Active aging involves more than moving your body. You also need to move your brain. “When you exercise, you engage your muscles to help improve overall health,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The same concept applies to the brain. You need to exercise it with new challenges to keep it healthy.”


The burning question (s)  is how to contact older citizens and get them to a level of digital literacy where they can blog.