Residents keen to go digital

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Amana Living residents Sylvia Smith (left) and Gwen Foot
08 Jul 2016

Karrinyup retirement village residents enjoyed a coaching session in June on using digital technology to explore, shop and connect.

Telstra and the Seniors Recreation Council of WA hosted the free coaching session to show seniors how easy it is to access information like transport schedules, order groceries online, and connect with family and friends using technology.

Among the participants were residents from Amana Living’s Moline Village in Karrinyup, who were bussed to Telstra’s head office for the session.

“Many baby boomers are already right across technology, but there are still a lot of older people who remain sceptical or even fearful of it,” said CEO Ray Glickman.

“We want our residents to get the most out of life, and engaging with different tools and media is something many of them enjoy. The increasing number of older people jumping online shows that they’re keen to discover what technology can do and how it helps them to stay connected.”

Participants learned more about Internet surfing, cyber safety, social media and smart phones. The event included small group sessions where participants had a go at using various devices and technology.

Telstra Business Development Specialist Hannah Wells said Telstra was very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with Amana Living to support residents in understanding digital technology and developing their skills and confidence.

“Seniors can benefit from being online and connected no matter where they live, how old they are and what interests they have,” she said.