Mastering the internet can be a daunting task for elderly users. These users face all sorts of obstacles that younger users are better-equipped to overcome. Elderly internet users are faced with the challenge of adapting to a technology that they never thought they would need to learn and a technology with which they are unfamiliar. Understandably, some elderly people choose not to take advantage of what the internet has to offer because they have lived their lives for many years without it. Some choose not to learn how to use the internet because they feel they are past the point in their lives when they can adapt to new technology.

Then there are elderly users who try to learn how to use the internet, but they fail in their attempts for various reasons which are discussed in detail on this website. Some have Mild Cognitive Impairment, Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease, all of which hinder one's ability to learn and remember the new tasks associated with internet use. Others have visual impairments that render many websites illegible due to small font sizes and poorly contracting colors. Finally, some users ultimately become disenfranchised with the internet (and specifically the web) because their decreased motor skills turn the task of clicking on desired links and navigation tools into a virtual game of darts with an incredibly small bull's-eye.

Click on the links to the left at the top of this page to learn more about what designers and programmers can do to aid elderly users in their quest to learn how to use the internet.