The Year of Older Persons

Microsoft has launched a new initiative focussed on seniors and technology, in honor of the United Nations International Year of Older Persons (1999), which kicked off (a few months early) last week. The Year of Older Persons is dedicated to increasing awareness of the individual and social needs of senior citizens, the contributions of seniors to society, the challenge of aging societies and the need for a change in attitude toward older people.

Microsoft’s Senior Initiative is aimed at bridging the “digital divide” between those who are computer literate and those who are not, by providing access to PC literacy training technology and tools for individuals worldwide. The initiative’s Web site, Seniors and Technology, is a resource for seniors, their families and communities.

The site features tips for seniors Net surfing, profiles of people who have realized dreams through the use of technology, information on PC literacy training, tips for simplifying computer use and links to other resources.

Microsoft Senior Initiative is also working with organizations such as the United Nations to help provide technology to people of all ages, a commitment that coincides with thenternational Year of Older Persons theme, “A Society for All Ages.”