Corinda residents Mary Dann, 75, and Shirley Hamilton, 87, love being ‘online’. They use Facebook to keep in touch with family and Shirley streams music through her iPad.
Today, during Queensland Senior’s Week (17-25 August), Mary and Shirley further expanded their skills at a special technology workshop held at Centacare’s Jamboree Heights Learning and Lifestyle Hub.
More than 20 Centacare clients over the age of 65 enjoyed online games, competitions and hands-on activities in a fun and supportive environment aimed at promoting digital literacy among people in their later years.
Centacare Service Delivery Manager Cheree Pattison said many older people were finding real benefits from being online, including increased access to information, services, social connections and support networks.
“Senior’s Week is all about providing opportunities for older people to share and learn new experiences, which aligns with our philosophy at Centacare,” said Cheree.
“Age doesn’t limit a person’s ability to live a full and purposeful life. Our clients want to live out their later years in their own homes and communities, doing what they love. It’s our job to ensure they have plenty of opportunities to build their capacity and confidence in the areas that matter to them most.”
Mary lost her husband two years ago and Shirley’s husband has dementia but, with support from Centacare, they are able to live well, with a sense of purpose and independence. Mary discovered a love of painting at the age of 60 and volunteers with Centacare’s music group every second Monday. Shirley is part of a gardening group and is a keen embroiderer.
“You don’t know what you don’t know,” said Mary. “That’s why I’m always willing to give things a go. I never want to stop learning.”
Centacare learning and lifestyle hubs offer a range of activities for people over 65 including yoga, tai chi, music, dancing, drama, art, horticulture and day trips. Phone 1300 236 822 to find out more.