Seniors and Technology

By Chris Clackum

Published 04/21 2014 10:22AM

Updated 04/21 2014 10:27AM

(NBC News) The eyes are more strained, the hands, a bit more frail, but America's senior citizens have become as giddy over gigabytes as the rest of us.

Like ninety five year old Janet Brady who, because of poor vision, had to give up her love of reading. 

That is, until her family gave her an iPad for her 95th birthday last November.

A new survey from the pew research center found 59-percent of seniors now say they use the internet, up 6% from a year ago, and a lot more than in 2001. 

After tutoring from volunteers, seniors in the Washington, DC area caught on quick, because experts say connecting reduces isolation.   

And, so far, the desired effect is working.

For some seniors, reconnecting with a world they thought had left them behind.

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