In today’s technology driven society there is a section of the population that is being left behind and at risk. Our Senior and aging population. They deserve more after decades of supporting and growing our community.
We created our business – Technologically Speaking – to educate and support our Seniors.
“Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.”
Over the past two years we have worked with a handful of Perth libraries to host Seniors Workshops i.e. those with budget funds to host sessions to teach seniors to be confident in the use of technology. The sessions are always full, feedback is always positive, and demand is high for more workshops to be scheduled.
Our free Seniors Workshops cover areas of technology education including;
– basic computing i.e. setting up computers, creating online accounts,
– how to stream television at home,
– how to create social media accounts to connect with friends and loved ones
– how to operate a smart phone i.e. send texts, make calls, check emails
– advice on data services
Being able to understand and use technology is increasingly important i.e. from banking, taxation, government assistance including pensions and Medicare (MyGov). Currently, our aging population are turning to Library staff, who themselves possess limited knowledge about technology and have limited time to assist community members with enquiries. This extends to call centres like Centrelink being contacted by seniors asking how to
use online systems.
Why is this important?
A common problem we hear about is the number of Seniors being targeted by online
rip-offs, telephone and email scams. Other Australian states have an Ageing Population Plan. We need the same program in WA to ensure our seniors are technology literate for their retirement and to function and contribute in society.