January 19, 2012

IRAN: Aging and the Necessity of e-Learning in Tehran

TORONTO, Canada / International Federation On Aging / e-News / January 19, 2012

By Dr. Mohammad Taghi Sheykhi

This paper explores the effects of e-learning on the condition of the elderly in Tehran. The aim of the study, based on interviews with 400 elderly people in different parts of Tehran, was to find out how modern electronic communications such as internet and mobile phones can affect the elderly in Iran.
While those born in mid 1940s are now entering their old age, very few had the chance to acquire computer skills. Therefore, they are currently lagging behind in the digital era. Significant numbers of the elderly across the world suffer from chronic loneliness. This is especially true in the urban areas. Social technology which contributes to enhancing contacts with grandchildren and children, adds to the e-care of the elderly, and their happiness.
Younger age-groups being more e-literate are much more comfortable with technologies such as mobile phones or computer. But, there is still a long way to go to see the elderly in Iran easily using e-instruments and e-Network. Young people must learn how to value the elderly in our society and similarly, the elderly could learn a lot from them through e-education, e-Learning, which would prevent them from social exclusion.

As the number and proportion of the elderly people increase due to high population growth rates of 1960s, the health-care system will be faced with unprecedented age-related issues such as shortage of e-education, social stigma and low status, employment issues, transport or medical treatment are highly problematic for the elderly people in Tehran and Iran in general.

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