Mary, 75, and Shirley, 87, love being ‘online’. They use Facebook to keep in touch with family and Shirley streams music through her iPad.
Mary and Shirley enjoy having the opportunity to fine tune their tech skills at Centacare Melody Street Social and Community Hub.
During a recent technology workshop, more than 20 Centacare clients enjoyed online games, competitions and hands-on activities in a fun and supportive environment aimed at promoting digital literacy for over 65s.
Centacare Service Delivery Manager Cheree Pattison said many older people were finding real benefits from being online, including increased access to information, services, social connections and support networks.
“We’re all about providing opportunities for older people to share and learn new experiences,” said Cheree.
“Age doesn’t limit a person’s ability to live a full and purposeful life. Our clients want to enjoy their later years in their own homes and communities, doing what they love. We want to make sure they have plenty of opportunities to build their capacity and confidence in the areas that matter to them most.”
Mary recently lost her husband and Shirley’s husband has dementia but, with support from Centacare, they are able to live well, with a sense of purpose and independence. Mary discovered a love of painting at the age of 60 and volunteers with Centacare’s music group every second Monday. Shirley is part of a gardening group and is a keen embroiderer.
“You don’t know what you don’t know,” said Mary. “That’s why I’m always willing to give things a go. I never want to stop learning.”
If you’re over the age of 65 and want to learn new skills, find out more about our social and community support activities.