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Conclusion

There is a wide variety of benefits associated with conducting a technology training course in a CCRC, including (but not limited to) promoting more positive attitudes toward technology, increasing self-efficacy, promoting increased technology use, increasing quality of life, increasing technology knowledge, and giving residents a sense of accomplishment. All things considered, older adults in CCRCs may greatly benefit from a technology training course that is provided to them in the CCRC setting. However, these benefits may be short term without continued training and support, and thus CCRCs should be prepared to offer ongoing programs or individual assistance to ensure that these benefits remain constant among residents.

Recommended readings

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Heo, J., Chun, S., Lee, S., Lee, K. H., and Kim, J. 2015. Internet use and well-being in older adults. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(5), 268-272. doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0549.

Ryff, C. D. 1989. Happiness is everything, or is it? Explorations on the meaning of psychological well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57(6), 1069-1081.

Wagner, N., Hassanein, K., and Head, M. 2010. Computer use by older adults: A multi-disciplinary review. Computers in Human Behavior, 26, 870-882.

White, H., McConnell, E., Clipp, E., Branch, L. G., Sloane, R., and Pieper, C. 2002. A randomized controlled trial of the psychosocial impact of providing Internet training and access to older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 6(3), 213-221.

White, H., McConnell, E., Clipp, E., Bynum, L., Teague, C., Navas, L., Craven, S., and Halbrecht, H. 1999. Surfing the net in later life: A review of the literature and pilot study of computer use and quality of life. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 18, 358-378.

Winstead, V., Anderson, W. A., Yost, E. A., Cotten, S. R., Warr, A., and Berkowsky, R. W. 2013. You can teach an old dog new tricks: A qualitative analysis of how residents of senior living communities may use the Web to overcome spatial and social barriers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 540-560.

 
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