• Technology lessons for the elderly

    Technology lessons for the elderly

    Closing the gap in a technology-driven world

    Resthaven Mount Gambier residents are being offered lessons on all things technology, thanks to Home Support Worker, Katrina Miller, of Resthaven Community Services in Mount Gambier at 15B James Street.

    An Information and Hands-on IT Support Session commenced on 22 April, to help participants access our technology-driven world. Volunteer, Gina Surth, shares her technical experience and knowledge with participants.

    ‘I started facilitating this group because I could see older people struggling to communicate with their families and to do simple things electronically,’ says Katrina Miller.

    ‘I realised there was a generational gap in technology use between our team and local residents, but with the support of our team, we hope to slowly close that gap.’

    The training sessions are held in the IT room at the local library between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, with the option of transport.

    ‘There is so much to learn in terms of technology, so we ask all participants to bring along a device and two questions so we can discuss it as a group’.

    ‘I found this to be quite successful, as one person’s questions clear up confusion amongst the group.’

    From the first session alone, participants learned how to set up their internet banking, email, text and how to use Google.

    ‘I will never forget one bloke’s face when I showed him Google Maps!’

    ‘Many participants just don’t know how to navigate the internet. Google brings the world to them and keeps them in regular contact with family and friends.’

    ‘This means if it’s too cold, they won’t have to rely on family for things that they can do online – they feel like less of a burden on their families. It’s the single biggest reward that I get from running these sessions.’

    ‘Technology should not just be a luxury for the younger generations, it should be for everyone.’

    For details about the program, call Resthaven Limestone Coast Community Services (Mt Gambier office) on 8726 9400.

    Upcoming session:

    • Thursday 24 June 2021

    Established in 1935, Resthaven is a South Australian not-for-profit aged care community service associated with the Uniting Church in Australia. Every day, Resthaven shares the lives and wisdom of older people and their carers, opening doors to the full range of aged care service options available.

    Services are provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Fleurieu Peninsula, lower Barossa region and the Limestone Coast of South Australia.

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