TECH-SAVVY SE­NIORS

Who says tech­nol­ogy is only for the young? Th­ese se­nior cit­i­zens show that you’re never too old for tech. BY AZLINDA SAID

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Cover Reads -

Are your par­ents scared of all things tech? Learn from those who’ve em­braced it.

WHO Tony Chong, 62, re­tiree HIS “AD­DIC­TION” “I started a Face­book ac­count last year to keep up with my two teenage grand­daugh­ters. I had looked af­ter them when they were younger, but we started drift­ing apart when they started sec­ondary school.” GET­TING STARTED “It was dif­fi­cult at the start. There were so many func­tions and steps – I of­ten got con­fused. Luck­ily, my grand­daugh­ters were pa­tient enough to teach me. It took two to three months to mas­ter the ba­sics, and I still have more to learn, like how to up­load videos.” HIS FEAR “Up un­til last year, I wasn’t fa­mil­iar at all with the In­ter­net. If I needed to check any­thing online, I’d ask my chil­dren to do it for me. I was wor­ried that I wouldn’t be able to learn and that my grand­chil­dren would think I was stupid. I was also scared that my friends would laugh and call me sua ku (Hokkien for coun­try bump­kin). But I wor­ried for noth­ing – ev­ery­one was so sup­port­ive and some of my friends now even want me to teach them!” HIS AD­VICE “Never un­der­es­ti­mate your­self! I think the mo­ment we hit our golden years, we tend to think that we’re too slow to learn any­thing new. That’s not true – we just have to keep ask­ing ques­tions un­til we get it right.”

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