Computing for Seniors QuickSteps, by Marty Matthews, 007176805XEconomic necessity, the desire to continue learning, and businesses’ dependence on the seamless transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next are pushing an increasing number of older Americans back into the workforce.

A study by the Families and Work Institute reveals that the number of persons ages 65 and older in the workforce is projected to rise approximately 84% between 2006 and 2016.  Among the top reasons cited by participants in the study are: To pursue their dreams; to acquire new skills; to stay active. Workplaces are likely to change to accommodate this dramatic shift in demographics, with decentralization and flexible schedules becoming the norm. But to make all the pieces fit together, older workers will need to add computer skills to make the most of their well-honed professional knowledge, abilities, and experience.

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