Bringing a easy computer to the elderly

Posted in Elderly with tags , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by computerforelderly
the square - the starting interface of ELDY

"the square" - the starting interface of ELDY

Eldy is a project to bring elderly to an enriching web and computer experience.
Eldy is the name of the project, the name of the freeware software and the name of the no-profit organization behind the initiative.
With Eldy seniors can use email, browse the web, chat, get weather info, see digital pictures, streaming, etc, in a clear GUI, with big labels in a friendly language.

Eldy is both easy and nice – so the experience is effective and entertaining. Eldy has over 150.000 users in Europe and is a fast growing community given the strategy of Local Public administration, that is strongly helping the diffusion of the software (i.e : over 1.400.000 cd’s are being distributed and a lot of training initiatives are being put on place).

Eldy is free of charge perpetual and has no commercial contents (ads)

Because we thought someone had do to it,  we decided to do it and we did it for free,  no profit.


Now a lot of people and Administrations are supporting us, so we can keep on making it better and better – every day.

Let’s the elderly enjoy the internet the way we do!!!

What is Eldy

Posted in Communications with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by computerforelderly

Eldy is a project to bring elderly to an enriching web and computer experience. Eldy is the name of the project, the name of the freeware software and the name of the no-profit organization behind the initiative.

With Eldy senior can use email, browse the web, chat, get weather info, see digital pictures, streaming, etc, in a clear GUI, with big labels in a friendly language. Eldy is both easy and nice – so the experience is effective and entertaining.

Eldy has over 150.000 users in Italy and is a fast growing community given the strategy of Local Public administration, that is strongly helping the diffusion of the software (i.e : over 1.400.000 cd’s are being distributed and a lot of training initiatives are being put on place).

Eldy PC

Posted in Elderly with tags , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2008 by computerforelderly

Eldy PC is hardware solution for ELDY software.

Eldy PC is touchscreen 19” computer with webcamera.

Eldy PC is the computer for elderly.

Eldy PC

Eldy PC

Training a senior the use of computer

Posted in Communications with tags , on October 15, 2008 by computerforelderly

Let us share some experience on the traning of computer to an elderly.

Software, even as good as Eldy , even if you give user the CD at their hands of our software , can express it’s real effect only if we support and at least some basic, even un-structured training, and motivation to proceed into digital life.

We work very hard to provide elderly different training opportunity.
– support from local (eg. at library , where they can find pc and a micro-training)
– at social centers (with training, with or without computer lab)
– at recovery house(with training, with or without computer lab)

One good thing we have seen is that – for the way Eldy has been engineered- in a matter of minutes elderly start chatting and writing email, so they get confident and get motivation.

We have seen that the “Train the trainer” approach is the best. The best is if the members of family are involved into teaching to elderly.

Since september there ‘s a brand new way of teaching: you will see in a matter of hours a new Case online here at eupractise from dott.ssa Anna Bianco, President of Eldy.

The impact of ELDY

Posted in Communications with tags on October 15, 2008 by computerforelderly
Impact

Eldy is the first software since 2006 to allow over 55 to enjoy the internet and the computer.

Eldy has over 150.000 users since January 2007. These users are mostly (>95%) over 55 and most of them (>70%) did not use computer before installing Eldy or having Eldy installed.

Lessons learnt
If we provide senior and illiterate users a clear software, they get in love with technology.
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