Who We Are
We take pride in having advanced to this age. We are women over 50 years old. Senior, in this case, means we have graduated from one life stage to another. Our interests are varied, our tastes eclectic, our need for information unending.
We don't deny it; We want to make the most of it; We want to share this age with you.
Although the site is meant for women over 50, but we've had communications with women as young as 36 and those well into their eighth decade who find this site a home and, simultaneously, a departure location. We notice that those 'liking' us on our Facebook and Twitter accounts are trending younger than before.
We've fashioned this site in an attempt to reflect women's issues and concerns. We also hope it reflects those two most compelling relationships, that of community and connectivity.
We have been introducing authors, articles and columns that we hope will engage and stimulate. Taking the title Senior Women Web and the URL Seniorwomen.com for this site is a mark of pride and celebration. Many women over fifty have found new challenges and problems in a society somewhat uncomfortable with its aging population.
Senior Women Web enjoys the contributions of women who bring original content to this site. We have a monthly Culture Watch feature with reviewers Julia Sneden and our charter reviewer and colleague, Emily Mitchell. Reviewers Joan L. Cannon, Jill Norgren, Nicola Gutgold and John Malone are now aboard. Art reviewer Val Castronovo has taken us to art shows through her writing that we cannot reach but yearn to see. We think you will enjoy the reviews of books and art that will appeal particularly to women (and men) of our age.
Our Resident Observer, Julia Sneden, a transplanted Californian these past three decades, living and working in North Carolina, has been producing columns for this site faster than we can put them up. Please consult the authors page for a list of contributors whose humor, experience and expertise enrich this site.
Feminist author and political scientist Jo Freeman has contributed articles over the past decade on political trends, personalities, meetings and conventions.
Irish Expatriot Jane Shortall entertains with tales from her adopted French village. Doris O'Brien's humorous outlook in regards to her online dating experience and other wry views characterize her writing. Roberta McReynolds continues to delight on many subjects, including her topic of experimenting with programs, crafts and belly-dancing.
Linda Coyner has won two Garden Writer's Association Garden Globe Awards for her SeniorWomen.com column, Garden Edition. Margaret Cullison has been writing a series called My Mother's Cookbook and Sharon Kapnick, a sommelier and award winning wine author, has instructed us in the art of choosing wines. Joan James Rapp has traveled to Africa on safari and, most recently, to China.
Besides these contributors, the site is responsible for connecting to current studies, interviews, excerpts and other news items of interest as well as Money and Computing items. We strive to bring you a window into the eclectic mix the Web provides. Shopping, as you can see by the Pew Online Generations report, is an online interest of older women, and our Shopping Pages, whether they be for the home, children, garden or gifts (among others), are among our most popular pages.
I have retired from my position as a Senior Reporter for Time Magazine (after a twenty-five year career), in part because this website became increasingly important. We expect a lengthy tenure with Senior Women Web and with those who enjoy and support it.
Older Adults and Internet Use, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project study in June of 2012, show that "53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant."
As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.
Looking at gadget ownership, we find that a growing share of seniors own a cell phone. Some 69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Even among those currently age 76 and older, 56% report owning a cell phone of some kind, up from 47% of this generation in 2010."
"Not only are more people 65 and older heading online, but they are also spending more time on the Web. Time spent on the Internet by seniors increased 11 percent in the last five years, from approximately 52 hours per month in November 2004 to just over 58 hours in 2009."
SeniorWomen.com hopes to continue adding readers who care for our purpose and content. We have revised our design to make navigation more visible, content easier to email and have provided gradations in varying font sizes.
If you are interested in advertising on SeniorWomenWeb, please read the Advertisers page or call 510-524-1510.
Tam Gray, Founder and CEO. Updated July of 2012. Color Tints by Rampline
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