Senior citizens

West Virginia offers free cybersecurity training to the elderly

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West Virginia’s Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who's currently running for U.S. Senate, announced Tuesday that he's partnering with two local community and technical colleges to connect senior citizens with college students for free cybersecurity training.

Why it matters: Criminals steal $37 billion a year from elderly Americans through cyber scams, according to Bloomberg. This program will help senior citizens learn to boost password security, recognize and avoid clicking on malicious links and warn them against downloading malware, among other best practices.

Seniors in need of the unit’s expertise should call the hotline at 304-558-1155 or visit HelpForSeniors@wvago.gov.

Best Buy to acquire GreatCall in expansion of Assured Living unit

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Best Buy has agreed to buy GreatCall, a San Diego-based provider of Jitterbug smartphones and other health and emergency response electronics for seniors, from buyout firm GTCR for $800 million in cash.

Why it matters: America's aging demography — and corresponding care spend — is pushing tech companies to develop products for seniors, whereas they've traditionally focused more on younger, earlier adopters.