Tuesday , January 26 2021

In the past: A 82-year-old has discovered how to make a new life profitable for mobile applications

"It's been easy for me to take care of myself because I do not know whether it's good or bad," said Masako Wakamiya, the 83-year-old for her first mobile application. In January 2016 it launched a game aimed at older users.

Distraction, focus only on programming, and to overcome steep learning curves, not only in software development, but also in an unexpected language barrier.

"Everything was in English," said Wakamiya. Errors, online guides and emails, and other communications about Apple's acquisition of the App Store in the App Store were in a foreign language. "My generation's people have trouble in English and it's hard."

Wakamiya bought his first computer that was close to 60, especially when he was watching with his old mother.

"I felt that my vision was expanded. I was moved by the fact that the world was much more diverse," he said.

In Japan, a nation of "super-years", where four people over 65 years old, Wakamiya said that older people would discover the potential benefits of technology, especially when building new connections and fighting loneliness and isolation. Many Japanese-Americans fight .

"When I realized how good it was, I would have to tell the people of my generation, then I opened a computer salon in my small small house and taught my generation," he said.

Over time, Wakamiya began to travel around the world to share his story – talking about TEDxTokyo, knowing the CEO of Apple Cook Tim Cook and talking to the United Nations.

"The opinion of old people, like this question, I asked people, above all, to accept young TED youth, but they applauded me with warm applause," he said. "They showed sympathy without generation, regardless of nationality or gender – I moved."

Masako Wakamiya speaks with CEO of Apple Cook Tim Cook in 2017 at a San Francisco event.

Wakamiya uses the word "Excel art" to expand the hope message, the Microsoft Spreadsheets application has made clothes and crafts to create designs.

"Excel, for example, may have nonsense for the elderly, but I thought it was a fun idea in my generation, like Japan and abroad, like knitting or craft," he says. "For example, the dotted pattern may be expressed and simulated by Excel and let people know them."

For Wakamiyar, using technology is the introduction of new generation generations. Through its expansion, she wants to find her voice.

"I want to continue being a creator and I want to be a creator of children. I always say something creative and innovative thinking … you should always have your opinions and methods," he said. "I think older men in Japan … they are eager to improve, because they think they're old."

Wakamiya has now said her life started again 60, and she is still excited.

"I'm the person I'm getting, and I like it when it's getting older," he said. "Some people deny the reality of aging, but it is like competing against the sun and it seems to me tiring."

Instead of fighting, he said he would say "enjoying the sun and the sunset."

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