Seniors frequently suffer depression when their lifestyle becomes increasingly isolated after retirement. Loss of mobility, ailments and limited social contact are the most common factors, but the rapid digitalization adds a new element of exclusion from participation in community. Those who retired before receiving adequate training in the digital media are now left behind without a compass to navigate in a new, alienating world.
Booking a ticket for a flight can be an insurmountable problem after travel agencies went out of business. Buying a book may be a matter of a strenuous day trip after the majority of local book stores closed. Music is no longer accessible since there are no more record stores. Participating in most cultural events requires online booking. Those who missed the window of opportunity to learn digital skills are intimidated by the unfamiliar world around them. Attending basic computer classes may not be an option for seniors who depend on help for travelling, and owner's manuals are rarely user friendly.
Ms. Clapsaddle's book offers a compassionate, easy-to-follow guide to the digital world. It's a dearly needed resource for the tech-shy, sure to improve life quality.
--Veronika Stutz, licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences as a pre-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.