One of the smartest moves I ever made in my life was to engage with modern technology. Computers, iPads, laptops, smartphones are far removed from my childhood experience of growing up in a rural area of north Donegal where we did not even have electricity. Our ‘wireless’ as our radio was then called, crackled away on the windowsill, running off big glass wet batteries!
The Internet is an amazing and beneficial global communication tool and one which often, regrettably, is not used by many of my generation. It used to be available only at fixed locations, such as in an office or a home. Now the word ‘wireless’ has a whole new meaning as it allows people on the move to have access to this great means of communication. It is vital that older people get into in this ‘new fangled stuff’ as it has the potential to change their lives in so many ways. In my case, it allowed me, living in relative rural isolation and with most of my family in Australia, to keep in contact with them for little or no cost, to make life simpler by doing such things as booking flights and hotels online, listening back to radio programmes I may have missed, and doing business such as paying bills and ordering goods online . It is a total life changer for older people.
Age Action, aware that older people often face ‘digital exclusion’ have devised training for older people on a one to one basis across a range of devices. Since 2006 Age Action has trained almost 30,000 people to get engaged with this life changing form of communication. I am particularly delighted to be involved in that activity as a volunteer trainer. Today in Midleton, Co. Cork we began our four-week training sessions in the local community centre. A great time was had, and I look forward to the next number of weeks encouraging others to share in the benefits of being online.
Age Action runs classes in Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, Louth, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Cork, Kilkenny and Waterford and classes are also available in Meath, Westmeath, Clare, Kildare, Wexford, Galway, Kerry. – See more at: https://www.ageaction.ie/how-we-can-help/getting-started-computer-training/