Computer Training – Benefits of introducing IT to the Elderly
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.