The report on “Digital Literacy of Older People” has finally been published. The main focus of the report was to describe the panorama of digital literacy of older people in the partner countries, i.e. Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain. In order to produce the report, it was necessary to collect data from national and international resources, but also to involve them directly, thanks to the distribution of a questionnaire that assessed the digital literacy of older people living in Coimbra, Madrid, Rome and Athens, and explored their digital weaknesses, difficulties, specific requirements, needs, fears and desires.
Research involved at least 50 people aged 65-74 per country and was carried out thanks to the collaboration of the project partners – Fondazione garagErasmus, Università Tor Vergata di Roma, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra, People Behind and Plataforma del Voluntariado de España – and local organisations interested in the issue.
Results showed that there has been a remarkable improvement in the digital literacy of older people in all 4 countries in this project compared to previous statistics. However, there is still much to be done. Older people need to feel more confident in the digital environment and this can only be achieved through ongoing digital literacy courses/workshops, tailored to the needs of each group by people who are properly trained to teach them.
“Digital Life Learning” projects aims to respond to this issue and further increase the level of inclusion of older people in the digital world, building a bridge between young generations and older people. In fact, the research findings will be used to create a toolkit for training university students in each project country, who will later help older people develop the digital skills they need for their daily lives, according to country-specific needs.