Recently we recently bought my grandmother a computer. As a lot of the family live quite far away and she loves keeping in touch, we thought it'd be great to set her up on Skype and communicate with her kids and grandchildren via email instead of her waiting for phone calls.
My grandfather passed away last year so she's in the house on her own and rarely has visitors other than family members that come to see her. I really think it would benefit her to get online and have more active interaction in her life, especially as she does complain of being alone sometimes, but she hasn't kept up with her computer classes and seems very disinterested in integrating the computer into her life.
She's 82 and I think if she could see other words of encouragement other than my own, it might let her see that the computer is a good thing and getting online is easier than she expects! If there is anyone who could share why they started up online, their reasons for doing so or the benefits they feel it gives to their quality of life I would be so grateful, so I can show her and she can see what she's missing out on!