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Computer Training – Benefits of introducing IT to the Elderly

Updated on October 10, 2014

We are living in the Computer age now, where computers and the internet are making life easier for people. In fact, I think people are missing out, if they can’t use the internet. Kids start to use computers from about the age of 4 and a lot of elderly people are using it too. However, there are still some, who are yet to aquaint themselves with this wonderful gadget.

I know for a fact that if they are shown how to use it, they will grasp the basics quickly because I am an I T Trainer and always have a few elderly people in my sessions every year. Needless to say, they all meet their objectives and leave the Training Centre as a "Computer Whiz kid". Well, that’s what I call them.

The Benefits for the Elderly

  • They can shop for their Groceries online and have it delivered to their door, avoiding the stress of transport and carrying heavy bags or having to hire a Helper to do it.
  • Banking can be done online. I’ve noticed quite a few elderly people just go to the Post office or Bank to either pay bills or check how much they have in their Account. Online Banking has made this easier and it is safe. I have used it for nearly a decade.
  • They can amuse themselves by playing simple games. Even solitaire can be quite relaxing to play.
  • Finding out information. Example, train times, holiday prices, insurance quotes etc
  • Communicating with family and friends. This is particularly useful when one has family and friends abroad. It’s a cheaper way to communicate.
  • Christmas Shopping – It will soon be Christmas. They can start doing some of their shopping on line – for gifts etc.
  • Many other interesting things to keep them occupied. The more they use it, the more confident they get and they will visit websites that appeal to them. It could even be their new hobby.

 

Years’ ago when the flat screen came out, I decided to upgrade my lovely Dad. I managed to fit a small sized, new Flat Screen in my suitcase when I was travelling to Nigeria. It was for my Dad’s Office.

He is a Lawyer and his Secretaries have always used an Electronic Typewriter. While in Nigeria, my cousin and I went out to get a CPU and printer and got it all set up. I spent just a few hours showing his Secretary the basics and left her with some Training books. Dad’s assignment was to also learn how to use it, incase she ever rang in sick, or else he would be stranded. (He was over 60 at the time).

He can use it now and I have funny visions of him using one finger to press one key at a time, while peeping out of his glasses, looking at the screen.

Computers good for "Young" and Old.

Dad can also send emails but, every time he sends me one, he has a new ID, so I always wonder if he forgot his password or if he thought composing new mail meant creating a new ID each time. It must have been a long process for him because now he resorts to text messages and phone calls, but I’m glad I met my objective - which was to get him using a computer. Next time, its mum's turn.

I think its beneficial to people of all ages to know how to use a computer and the Internet. Both young and old.

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      Nancy's Niche 7 years ago

      Great analysis of why the elderly should learn how to use computers. Here is another great reason---it keeps their mind active and challenged!

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      this is great hub for elderly people;not only IT education help elderly people to learn new technology but also they can spend quality time while learning.

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      Pete Maida 7 years ago

      Computer literacy is becoming and essential. If older to people can handle it is of great benefit. Just the action of working with the computer sharpens an older person's mind. Great subject.

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      Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

      Very useful hub. Such thing has never come to my mind. It is nice and educative. It is good to note that computer is gradually becoming indispensable instrument in human life. Thanks for sharing.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      There are many things for our seniors online. I wonder how many have discovered some of its pitfalls too? I don't need to mention them.

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      melbrown1 7 years ago

      I believe that giving technical knowledge to all despite age or ability is very honorable. I also believe that every one should pursue some technical knowledge.

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Thank you for sharing, I believe that elder people should open their mind about future technology and knowledge. From personal experience, I knew an elder man (75), he'd like to learn about computer (Word, Excel etc), only he hardly understand English and Indonesian, so he asked the programmer installed Windows in Chinese :)

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers every one - Nancy, Andromida, Pete, Philipo, Ralwus, Melbrown and Febriedethan.

      Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate you taking time to visit my Hub. Best Wishes. :)

      Ps. Febriedethan - I really admire that man and hope he is enjoying it.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Lady E, Great hub! What a nice daughter you are! I am sure your Dad is very proud of you!

      You are right about computers "I think its beneficial to people of all ages to know how to use a computer and the Internet. Both young and old." I so agree!

      Thank you for sharing, In His love, Peace & Blessings!

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh DeBorrah, thanks for your warm comments. I'm a Daddy's girl really. lol.

      I'm glad you agree it's beneficial for the elderly to learn how to use the computer too. Always, lovely to read from you.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Xandine 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I work at a charity for the elderly and couldn't agree more. :-)

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Dave,

      I hope you enjoy working there. :)

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      Ben 2 years ago from UK

      Keep up with the good work.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      @LemmyC Thank you. I appreciate you stopping by.

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