All Set to Help 'Silver Surfers' This Winter

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Help is at hand for Internet savvy pensioners with a need to carry out home repairs - although new research suggests millions are missing out on online assistance

New research from IMC, a member of the British Polling Council, suggests that around six million UK pensioners have never used the internet - and that only 40% of over-65s are currently online enabled.

That means that, despite the rise in the number of 'silver surfers' over recent years, there are millions of people in the UK missing out on a vital tool that can help them regain their independence. Online communication can help seniors connect with loved ones, though communication is just one of many benefits of the web. Technology can be a useful platform for getting things done efficiently and cost effectively. There are plenty of online tools that can make life for a willing 'silver surfer' easier. Productivity online encompasses everything imaginable from managing finances and medical aid to chores like ordering groceries.

Despite the fact that so much can be managed from the comfort of the sofa via the Internet, for seniors unable to get out and about very often, the home can still be a sanctuary or a prison. That's why it's ever more important to take care of their living space with upkeep and maintenance. Having handy neighbours can help, but how often is the guy next door a certified electrician? For planned home improvements or urgent repairs, it's important that independent seniors have easy access to qualified professionals.

Neglected repairs can be potentially dangerous when overlooked. As the winter months set in, help around the house is more frequently required. Older people, like anyone else, may need a range of work done - from finding a Gas Safe plumber to replace the boiler or a skilled tiler to give the kitchen floors a new look.

No matter the job, finding trustworthy professionals to do the work is always essential. Sadly, seniors are more prone to being taken advantage of - but luckily sites like bring a new kind of accountability to the services industry. MyBuilder offers a free service to help homeowners connect with recommended local builders and tradesmen - and the hiring process can all be managed productively online by connecting, comparing and choosing from local tradesmen that match the skills needed.

As IMC's research shows, the only hurdle for many pensioners is getting online in the first place. For those not connected in their own home, the solution is often on hand in the guise of family members and loved ones who can go online for them and help remotely by using web-based tools.

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