Digital Living for Grandparents
Modern grandparents and great grandparents know a thing or two about the 'web' and
have embraced the Digital Age with flying colors. Technology pioneers of the 20th
century share how the Internet has affected their lives.
I recently interviewed my Terry and Sharon Ciccarelli to learn more about how they use
technology, particularly the Internet. Both of them were born in the mid 1940s and be-
long to a generation that grew up with home freezers, television, and space expeditions
as major technological advances. When I suggested that I wanted to interview them
about technology, they were excited and pleased to share how computers and the
Internet specifically have changed their lives.
Terry and Sharon's first computer was a Commodore 64 purchased in the 1980s and
was primarily used for entertaining their children. Things have changed quite a bit since
then and they are using their Dell Computer for a variety of leisure, educational, and oc-
Sharon's favorite activities include reading and sending email, reading articles on the
Globe and Mail website, and gathering information about gardening, recipes, and
health. Sharon is also an avid writer and uses their computer to compile a quarterly fam-
ily newsletter, incorporating articles and photographs submitted by relatives via email,
connecting the extended family both online and offline through traditional means by
sending off printed copies of the newsletter in the mail.
The computer has simplified the collaboration and editing processes immensely. Desk-
top publishing is as easy as copying and pasting text from an email into her newsletter
template in Microsoft Word.
Terry prefers to visit financial websites and blogs related to investment. One of his favor-
ite blogs is BillCara, a blog that focuses on the stock market and enjoys a very popular
following from people interested in buying and selling stocks. Yahoo! Finance is another
favorite. The Yahoo! website keeps him logged in which is anoth