Oldies learn e-smarts
TIME stops for no one but if you are 50 years or older you can learn to get with it and go global on the internet, according to Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre computer co-ordinator Sally Green.
The centre has rebooted its popular computer classes for seniors after huge demand from those in the age category who have time to learn computing or update existing skills.
“We have two volunteer tutors Janice Paget and Naomi Anderson who help people learn about the computer and some of the more popular programs such as using Skype which allows people to talk to friends and family anywhere in the world for free,” Ms Green said.
If you are interested in gaining or upgrading your skills, the program is on Mondays from 1pm until 3pm and Fridays from 9am until 11am.
The centre has two kiosks available for use for Broadband For Seniors members.
“People come to us with a range of computer queries and from that we help them with uploading photos and using USB sticks and a number of other tools and programs,” Ms Green said.
“People in the course are also welcome to bring in their own laptops as it often helps them to learn as they are already familiar with their own machine which can then help them navigate their way around our computers.”
The aim of the course aims to provide older people with access to computers and the internet free of charge, and to support seniors gain confidence and build skills in using new technology.
If you want further information on the scheme it can be found at www.necseniors. net. au/ AboutBFS/ tabid/79/Default.aspx.
Learning new skills: Janice Paget helps Chris Leigh with using the mouse while Naomi Anderson helps Robyn Parsons on the keyboard