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98-year-old man hip to technology

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI (WPBN/CNN) - A 98-year-old man in Michigan is turning to technology to help him stay in touch with his loved ones. He's now using Skype to talk to family members all over the country.

"I'll be 99 in January," John Robson said.

But his age does not stop him from embracing new technology like Skype, and keeping in touch with friends in family.

"I keep in touch two or three times a week with people that are away from the locale, you know, down in Indiana or Hilton Head, South Carolina or something similar," Robson said. "It's just nice to get in touch with people that are friendly with you."

At 98, he has a lot of people to Skype with, including five great-grandchildren.  

"That is the nice thing about it," Robson said. "You carry on pretty close friendships with Skype. You can do it on a phone, but it's not the same as seeing somebody and actually talking with them."

His tech-savy ways inspire those around him, and friends call him a role model.  

"I think he's a person others can look up to, even other elderly people, because he's able to do this kind of thing and he can demonstrate to others that this opportunity is there if they really want to do these kinds of things," Jim Verville said.

As Robson says age is a number, not a limitation, and learning new tricks is what keeps life fun well into your golden years.

"Oh, you are never too old to learn, that is for sure," he said. "There are so many things to enjoy, so many things you can do if you want to. There is no limitation to what you can do it you want to do it."

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