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By the end of this year, there will be approximately 60 million people age 55 and older, yet only 9.1 million seniors will be online (15 percent). Les Ottolenghi, CEO and co-founder of AgentWare has started a program with a Marriott assisted living community to teach seniors about the Internet, such as e-mail, medical research, and privacy issues. "Studies have shown that e-mail and the Internet can help senior citizens overcome what are termed the four plagues of institutionalized elders: loneliness, boredom, helplessness and the decline of mental skills while at the same time stimulating mental activity,"

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