TWO DAYS TO GO: Technology's future on agenda for upcoming expo

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Kenyote speaker Andrew Carle
Kenyote speaker Andrew Carle

More seniors than ever are spending time on computers and the Internet, and nursing homes are trying to keep up with the new demand. 

The main attraction of the Internet for seniors is the ease of communication with friends and relatives far away. A total of 37% of the elderly are now logging on to the Internet, compared with just 12% in 2000, according to a recent poll conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. Many long-term care facilities and nursing homes are now offering information technology classes or opening Internet cafes. 

Andrew Carle, founding director of the program in assisted living/senior housing administration at George Mason University, will be giving a keynote address on technology and the future of seniors housing during the McKnight's Online Expo, to be held this Wednesday and Thursday. Carle's presentation will take place this Wednesday at 11am EST. 

Four other webcasts will be held during the event. These will delve into the seniors housing market, labor relations, Medicare reimbursement and leveraging information technology to boost profits. A virtual exhibit hall will also be on display. Vendors will be on hand to answer questions. Register for free at http://www.mcknights.com.