OHIO SENIORS WIRED ON MORE THAN GOOD COFFEE

Ohio State Fair survey confirms growth of the online senior population.

COLUMBUS, OHIO - Ohio's seniors are wired, not retired according to a recent survey conducted at the Ohio State Fair. The Ohio Seniors Network (OSN) surveyed the large group of people over 50 years of age who visited the Ohio State Fair for Senior Day on August 2, 2011 to explore their use of the Internet. The results of the survey show a significant movement of seniors online. But, even more surprising is what they are doing online every day.

A majority of those surveyed say they have access to and use a computer, with 53 percent doing so daily. Seniors use the computers for more than playing bingo. Many search for information (27%) and for connecting with social media like Facebook (58%). Paying bills (27%), shopping (22%), and reading (18%) also showed significant web participation by the group surveyed.

The OSN website, http://ohioseniorsnetwork.com, featured at this event is a part of the movement online by people ages 50 and older. The PEW Internet and American Life Project notes that 78% of the population ages 50 to 64 use the Web for research, news, and health information gathering. The study also notes that the fastest growing group online is those persons 74 and older. (web.pewinternet.org)

Senior Day at the Ohio State Fair, held August 2, 2011, brought people over 50 and their caregivers from all over the state who arrived by bus and van to the Martin Janis Center on the fair grounds. Senior groups traveled from as far away as Hamilton, Cuyahoga, and Lucas Counties as well as Central Ohio. The survey conducted by OSN was a part of its introduction of the comprehensive network of county directories and Ohio website. The OSN team of experts answered a variety of questions from subjects as diverse as Medicaid program changes to elder law.
For more information about the survey results, the Ohio Seniors Network and its county directories, contact:

Anne Heater
Ohio Seniors Network
614-545-1288
Email: aheater@ohioseniorsnetwork.com
Web: http://ohioseniorsnetwork.com

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