Supporting technology use for older people

Why modern technology is important for older people is the subject of a free presentation in Gisborne next week.

To be held at the HB Williams Memorial Library from 10am to midday on Thursday, November 8, SeniorNet Federation executive officer Grant Sidaway will talk about why technology is important for older people.

The presentation will include a 3D printer demonstration as well as an introduction to virtual reality.

SeniorNet Gisborne chairwoman Sheryl Northover said Mr Sidaway had been helping older New Zealanders learn to be confident users of computers since 1992, and he continued to investigate and use new technology as it became available.

“He will talk about how to bridge age gaps using simple technology and how to use the internet to save money, reduce social isolation, enjoy new hobbies and fully participate in modern society.

“He knows his way around new devices and apps, and how older people can make the most of them,” Mrs Northover said.

“Grant has spent nearly 30 years seeing the benefits of helping older people make the most of modern technology. He has some great stories, a lot of knowledge and as we saw at a previous presentation that he gave in Gisborne, a really fascinating 3D printer,” Mrs Northover said.

The presentation has been organised by SeniorNet Gisborne, which has been experimenting with new activities over the past two months.

The group will continue to teach four-week courses this year, with a probable major change in 2019.

One possibility would be to hold monthly meetings where members brought their own devices and shared information.

Ms Northover said portable devices such as tablets and smartphones provided so much variety these days, it was impossible for a small group of tutors to answer all questions.

Bringing in specialist presenters to supplement group sessions, where everyone contributed to shared learning, was something that worked for other SeniorNet Learning Centres and would be good to try in Gisborne.

Anyone interested in being involved in a new collaborative SeniorNet Gisborne, please email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com or phone Jill at 868 3061.

Why modern technology is important for older people is the subject of a free presentation in Gisborne next week.

To be held at the HB Williams Memorial Library from 10am to midday on Thursday, November 8, SeniorNet Federation executive officer Grant Sidaway will talk about why technology is important for older people.

The presentation will include a 3D printer demonstration as well as an introduction to virtual reality.

SeniorNet Gisborne chairwoman Sheryl Northover said Mr Sidaway had been helping older New Zealanders learn to be confident users of computers since 1992, and he continued to investigate and use new technology as it became available.

“He will talk about how to bridge age gaps using simple technology and how to use the internet to save money, reduce social isolation, enjoy new hobbies and fully participate in modern society.

“He knows his way around new devices and apps, and how older people can make the most of them,” Mrs Northover said.

“Grant has spent nearly 30 years seeing the benefits of helping older people make the most of modern technology. He has some great stories, a lot of knowledge and as we saw at a previous presentation that he gave in Gisborne, a really fascinating 3D printer,” Mrs Northover said.

The presentation has been organised by SeniorNet Gisborne, which has been experimenting with new activities over the past two months.

The group will continue to teach four-week courses this year, with a probable major change in 2019.

One possibility would be to hold monthly meetings where members brought their own devices and shared information.

Ms Northover said portable devices such as tablets and smartphones provided so much variety these days, it was impossible for a small group of tutors to answer all questions.

Bringing in specialist presenters to supplement group sessions, where everyone contributed to shared learning, was something that worked for other SeniorNet Learning Centres and would be good to try in Gisborne.

Anyone interested in being involved in a new collaborative SeniorNet Gisborne, please email gizzyseniornet@gmail.com or phone Jill at 868 3061.

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