How can we get more folk to be Tech Savvy?

Content and posts on a BLOG site are for all Super Adults and Seniors. Unfortunately it is only available to the “tech savvy” elders. This is the same for much of the information available to older folk today.

Perhaps those of us who are “tech savvy” could embark on a crusade to help more people appreciate the possibilities of exploiting smart phones, tablets & laptops. There are options for those who do not own a tech device to acquire them at reasonable prices. (Contact Ageing? Muse with me? if you would like some direction.)

Choices of where and how to learn are widening. Ace Community College deliver FREE Tech Savvy courses for those over 60. Tuition covers PC and Apple devices. But unfortunately this is only available in northern New South Wales and the Gold Coast Queensland.

Do you know someone with little or no tech skills. Could you help them on their way to keep in touch with friends and family more easily and explore the world with technology. Could this be a new “best friend” for someone you know to stay connected.

Share any free options you might know about please.

Benefits of being informed

Keeping in touch is about maintaining contact with family and friends of course, but it is so much more. We benefit from knowing what is happening in our neighborhood, suburb, town, city, state, country and the world. Knowing what is happening not only keeps us informed but provided something to talk about. News programs are not necessarily the best option to be objectively informed. They tend to lean to the dramatic, featuring crime, accidents, terrorism, drugs and violence where a wide range of information can be quickly and easily sourced. It is a bonus when you find something that can add a smile to your day.

Take some time out to view this video. My source is National Seniors. Enjoy and be sure to wait for the end. Well worth the effort.

Let’s know what you thought.

Enhance your connections with Social Media.

Advances in Social Media have perhaps been a lot too fast and embraced too many options to be able to keep abreast. But it can enhance your retirement and keep you connected with the community in many ways. Here is a quick overview of what is available so you can think about which option might suit you best.

Facebook helps you find old and new friends, keep in touch with family and find interesting articles. You can be involved with computer, tablet or smart phone. Instagram is mainly for sharing photos and videos and best used with a smart phone. Pinterest shares and saves images so you can create visual scrapbooks and follow others’ scrapbooks. Twitter is for very short messages. You can follow news services and celebrities and send quick messages to morning news programs to express you opinion. Best done with the smart phone. Linkedin is primarily a business networking platform where you can create you own profile and can remain connected with old work colleagues. Maintaining you profile could lead to employment options. Easier on a computer or tablet. Messenger can be likened to emails or text messages. But more popular with the younger generation. Computer or tablet are probably easier.

Look formidable? Best taken one step at a time. Having been anti-social media for many years I recently tried Facebook and found it relatively easy to learn and now love exploring my options. I love the connection and the news that comes my way. Messenger came along with Facebook and that too is relatively easy.

You may have experiences that you could share.

 

What are the benefits of joining social groups?

Social groups abound. Making the right selection for ourselves is the biggest problem. We are all a little reticent to go along a couple of times and find that the group is actually not for us. Research and feedback from friends is helpful. If we have a friend in a group that may be the first one to try out. At the very least we have one friend there.

Something like the University of the Third Age (U3a) might be a starting point. There will be one near you. You can join an interest group that most probably meets weekly but your only responsibility is to attend and participate i the selected activity. There are no office bearing responsibilities or other regular commitments.

Social contact is available, new skills can be learnt and who knows where this might lead.

Why Social Media helps us keep in touch with friends & family.

Essentially we need to recognise that these are the tools that most people use. Landline phones and Australia Post is slow and tedious when we really need a quick response. Emails and text messages are also a bit out of favour these days.

I have a great relationship with my grandsons. Texting has been the favoured contact. Recently I discovered text responses from them was becoming rather slow. One day I received a very quick response via Messenger and Facebook. Even better, they initiate via Messenger and Facebook. Good reason for me to home those communication skills.

But it would be unwise of me to become complacent. I need to watch for the next trend and make sure I learn new skills to be able to maintain contact.

What’s your experience?