More older Americans embracing the Internet, according to Pew Research Center Study

Internet usage up 6 percent from 2001

The eyes are more strained, the hands, a bit more frail, but America's senior citizens have become as giddy over gigabytes as the rest of us.

Like 95-year-old Janet Brady who, because of poor vision, had to give up her love of reading.

That is, until her family gave her an iPad for her 95th birthday last November.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center found 59 percent of seniors now say they use the Internet, up 6 percent from a year ago, and a lot more than in 2001.

After tutoring from volunteers, seniors in the Washington, DC, area caught on quick, because experts say connecting reduces isolation.

And, so far, the desired effect is working.

For some seniors, they are now reconnecting with a world they thought had left them behind.


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