In an increasingly technological world, the elderly are often left by the way-side. Young people can all recount a comical tale of an older relative or teacher struggling to navigate that which is second nature to the young folks of today. As we have studied in this term, elderly people in rural China rely completely on their children and grandchildren for their income to survive. These rural villages do not have the same access to technological advancements and find themselves acquiring older technology. For the elderly, who have never experienced much of this, technology is foreign.
In an effort to provide these people with at least a basic understanding of technology and some computer literacy, the World Bank along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has begun introducing computers into these people’s lives. They have taken advantage of the public libraries and library-like institutions around China to introduce this plan. With China hosting almost a quarter of the entire world’s population of people over the age of 60, this effort could be monumental in improving the well-being of these people nearing the ends of their lives. In addition this movement allows these people to further their knowledge and provides a means of instant communication amongst family members, who have left the village. Free and public access for everyone to these computers and literacy programs further fosters the idea of community. As these programs are just beginning, we will have to wait to see their impact, but these efforts demonstrate the trend of incorporating rural Chinese people into a more modern society.
Technology-enabled Public Libraries Can Help Improve the Quality of Life of the Rural Elderly. (2014, September 14). Retrieved April 1, 2015, from http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/09/05/technology-enabled-public-libraries-can-help-improve-the-quality-of-life-of-the-rural-elderly