Finerday: Simply keeping family generations connected
Studies show that the online activities of the elderly suggest that they do more or less the same online as most other age groups – that is, communication and searching for information as well as using online services. E-mailing and keeping in touch with their children are the main reasons why many seniors started to learn using computers.
However, these studies also show, that many elderly people resist technology through the lack of security associated with the web, and they are very concerned about unpleasant experiences. Another very common fear is that a computer and the internet is just “too difficult”.
Finerday is a solution developed as a free, safe, easy to use, online communication web service for families to keep in touch with each other. It has been designed to look as cool to a ten-year-old as it is easy and intuitive to use for a ninety-five-year old. At the same time Finerday.com can be an inspiration of nurses and care workers who wanted the recipients to be more connected to their families, especially the grandchildren.
This social network allows you to share photos, send and receive messages, see special dates for birthdays and anniversaries, write and share memories and even use simple links to useful websites, at the touch of a button. The first steps are supported by several instructional videos, and all the buttons and texts are presented in large and contrasted make them easy to use for old people as well.
This secure platform has been successfully piloted in care homes and is being used by several leading digital inclusion organisation in the UK and Australia.
Author: Barbara Lázár