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Help someone you know improve their skills this Spring Online

Help someone you know improve their skills this Spring Online

Help someone you know improve their skills this Spring Online

UK Online Centres logo Today we have a Guest Blog from Helen Milner, Chief Executive of Online Centres Foundation. Here, Helen talks about Spring Online Week and why her organisation is supporting it ... This week is Spring Online week, and all over the country older people will be attending sessions to help them improve their computer and Internet skills. Plusnet have released some fascinating research that shows that - amongst other things - 84% of the over 65s use the Internet to find deals, with 63% saying they could not live without being online, and three-quarters saying the Internet keeps them feeling young and mentally agile. These figures show that older people are getting real benefits from using computers and the Internet, and it is really opening up new opportunities and making them feel more included in their communities. What the figures don’t show is the huge divide that still exists between those who are using the Internet, and those who aren't - with only 3 in 10 people over the age of 75 having ever used the Internet before. Helen Milner - Chief Executive of Online Centres Foundation I see first hand every day just how big an impact the Internet can have on the lives of older people, and that’s why we’re supporting Spring Online and encouraging older people to take their first steps online this week. One of my favourite case studies from the last year is of Norah, an inspiring lady from Doncaster who - after losing her husband - decided to learn how to use the Internet for the first time. Not only did it allow her to keep up with her grandkids, but it also had a huge impact on her health - and her life. Norah used online diet forums to help motivate her to lose weight - which she did. In fact, Norah lost so much weight that her arthritis improved, and she was able to learn to play the ukelele - something she had always wanted to try! Stories like Norah’s are why campaigns like Spring Online are so important, and why everyone needs to get on board to ensure that older people aren’t left out from what the Internet has to offer. So if you know an older person who you think could be just like Norah - or one of the other one million people we have supported to improve their computer and Internet skills - why not encourage them to find somewhere in their community where they can get online - with help and support. They can do this by visiting www.ukonlinecentres.com/centresearch, or by calling 0800 77 1234. From getting to grips with email to learning the ukulele, what has the Internet taught you?  Leave a comment here ...

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Grafter
I guess if I can so can anyone else. I first set hands on a PC six years ago when I was 75 years old and apart from a couple of sessions at the local library I have taught myself how to use these strange machines with the aid of magazines and forums. I still keep finding things I wish I could do better, but have had no really serious problems with shopping, banking etc. Unfortunately I still haven't been able to persuade my wife to try it so that I might no longer have to look after her stuff as well as my own!
I ALWAYS TELL THE MORE SENIOR IN AGE THAT THE INTERNET WILL AND CAN IMPROVE THEIR LIVES AND SAVE THEM ALOT OF MONEY IF THEY ARE ON A TIGHT BUDGET... 1.PRICE CHECK OF ALL GOODS ONLINE BEFORE PURCHASING. 2.COMPARE ENERGY./PHONE./INTERNET./INSURANCE PRICES. 3.LOOK AT ENTITLEMENTS TO BENEFITS 4.GET PERSCRIPTIONS FOR MEDICINES ORDERED AND DELIVERED. 5.ORDER A TAKEAWAY MEAL OR YOUR WEEKLY SHOPPING. 6.EMAIL,FAMILY,FRIENDS,WITH BIRTHDAY,XMAS AND EASTER CARDS. 7.USE THE WEBCAM TO SEE AND TALK TO RELATIVES. THE INTERNET IS GREAT FOR STAYING IN TOUCH AND IT CAN TAKE AWAY THAT LONINESS THAT ALOT OF SENIOR PEOPLE SAY THEY EXPERIENCE..THE INTERNET IS OUT THERE FOR YOU SO USE IT TO HELP IMPROVE YOUR LIFESTYLE.
a close family pal, 66 yrs young,after loosing his wife,sister within 7days of each other, then month later 15yr old dog, he started to lock himself away-avoid rest of fam/pals,needed a focus, something to be passionate about again,get involved with new and old friends, a few stories,posters, and by sselling him raffle tickets and asking opinion on how to train dogs, a natural easy thing to him, 1visit to a shelter, that eve we sat at p.c. and started from basic,plug it in level,names of hardware ec, 3months later, he was a very much needed supporter of local no kill shelter RADAR DOG RESCUE,est 5th May 2012. A YEAR TODAY, 1ST BIRTHDAY FOR RADAR, thru learnng how social sites, sharing, networking worked, hed found his passion,focus,an online family,off line he fostered/traiined death row dogs, was successful in many cases of abuse,hrs of TLC re-hab 1 on 1 work, dogs who were fear aggressive etc, became,calm placid,fun, family pets. PC/WEB Gave him his life back,a purpose and he even learnt his pal 75yrs old,how to surf and shop with e bay, that guys got a new spring in step and he gives help/advice on antiques-collectables to all the shelters,when donated items,old,rare things (owned v-successful auction house) b4 retiring, saved charitys loosing hundreds pounds,i.d ing pottery-furniture for them etc,things theyd av sold for few quid, so now these 2 golden oldies are well known characters,on off line, and soo loving it, HAPPY BIRTHDAY RADAR DOG RESCUE, YOUR WORK AND TEAM,ARE AN INSPERATION TO SO MANY PPL. SMALL SHELTER, HUGE HEARTS,RACKED UP A STAGGERING 34 REHOMED,SETTLED HAPPY FULLY TRAINED DOGS. 5 MORE CURRENTLY IN THEIR KENNELS. ......MAKES YOU THINK WHO SAVED WHO......THE DOGS SAVED 2 GENTS, SINKING INTO BAD DEPRESSIVE STATES, AND I THINK SAVED AT LEAST HIS LIFE,BOTH PROB. 1 YEAR ....WOW...KEEP IT UP GUYS, THE DOGS NEED YOU BOTH, YOU BOTH LOVE THE DOGS THE WORK,100%...VOLUNTEERS STRETCH FROM 2 YEARS OLD TO 82 AT RADAR....FACE BOOK MAIN GROUP THEY HAVE, IS BUZZING BUSY FUN PLACE TO BE...
Dabbler
Hi, I ran a iT Spring online session in a Suffolk village, it was probably one of the best days of my working life to see & hear the reactions of the people that attended. They now have email accounts, next week we are holding our 2nd session along with me visiting some of them in their homes to get them up & running as they can't wait Smiley one lady of 85 years old was desperate to access Skype to speak & see her family around the world.