Technology: How to Use a Computer

Embracing technology and learning how to use a computer will not only help you access valuable information but it will also help you keep in touch with family members and loved ones that live far away. A lot of older people have an initial fear of using a computer and are surprised at how easy it can be to develop basic computer skills once they get started. At Senior Care Plus, we are aware of the risks that older people face being excluded from technology.

Which is why it is important for charities or organisations to provide one to one training on computers, the internet and mobile phones to people over the age of 55. Courses should be run local venues, such as libraries, community centres, family resource centres, corporate offices, schools and housing complexes for older people.

Training material must be designed to be suitable for older people and learners should receive a lot of support and encouragement along the way. The training material should provide basic practical guidance for people who are new to computers and the internet. It should also contain suitable information relating to using tablets, computers and smartphones. It would also be beneficial if there was a website containing all the training material for free

A how to use a computer course does not have to be technical. It can teach people the basics, such as how to search the internet, how to set up an email account, and how to send and receive emails. Ideally, a computer course should run at least once a week for up to two hours for four to five weeks and be free of charge.

Benefits of Computer Use

  • Internet Access and free applications such as Skype, Gmail and Facebook help you to keep in touch with family and friends.
  • Search engines such as Google and Yahoo provide you with information on almost any topic.
  • Online Shopping allows you to purchase items from the comfort of your home.
  • Payments of bills in a timely and convenient manner.
  • Heightened confidence as a result of learning new skills.

Get Your Folks Online

If your parents or older people you know still haven’t got to grips with the internet, they are really missing out. That’s why Age Action and Google have teamed up to create free bite-sized courses that you can take them through step by step. There is everything from how to use a mouse, right up to trickier things like making Skype calls or searching for shows on the RTE Player. Before you know it they will be up and running and happy that you took the time to share your know-how.

Sample lessons include using email, shopping online, video, TV and radio. if you are ready to start teaching your older loved ones how to use a computer and browse the web, visit, browse different courses available and select the one that’s right for them.

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