Seniors set to get tech savvy

7 September 2017

Gold Coast seniors can boost their technology skills and learn how to navigate the digital world, thanks to the City’s new Tech Savvy Seniors program.

Tech Savvy Seniors is a jointly funded initiative by Telstra and the Queensland Government through the State Library of Queensland and Department of Communities.

The Tech Savvy Seniors program provides free training designed specifically for seniors to make it easier to embrace the digital world.

Many seniors might never have even used a computer previously, much less navigated a smartphone or social media, and this lack of experience, or technology phobia can create a sense of isolation from the rest of the community.

Councillor Pauline Young said the Tech Savvy Seniors Program aims to help older Gold Coasters gain basic technology skills.

“We want our seniors to become more digital savvy, to learn new skills, stay connected with the world and to keep in touch with family and friends,” Cr Young said.

“The training includes how to use an iPad, navigate social media, access banking and government services and shop online.

“We are encouraging those wary of technology to embrace it because we want to ensure everyone is keeping pace in this age of digital transformation.


“Public libraries provide a safe and trusted space for seniors to take the plunge into digital technology and we want to ensure no one is left behind in the digital space.


“I encourage any seniors who want to improve their technology skills to sign up for a free course and give it a go. Once you’ve mastered those skills, you’ll be able to conduct online banking, email confidently and even live chat with grandchildren who may be living in other cities,” she said.


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