Less than 25% of people aged 65 or over in Ireland use the internet and Age Action's Getting Started programme assists older people to overcome their fear of technology and learn basic IT skills. Digital literacy is now a necessity for accessing health and welfare information, for using online services as well as maintaining contact with family and friends.
Our learning programme was designed with the challenges and barriers experienced by older learners in mind such as older people's fear of technology or feeling they are too older to learn. We created a supportive learning environment that is relaxed, non-formal and sociable so they do not feel intimidated by technology. Training materials has been developed specifically for older people, with flexibility engrained and content tailored to suit the pace of each individual learner.
Confidence in using the internet tackles the social exclusion that many older people may feel, helping them to stay active, healthy and less isolated. Since 2007, Age Action has helped over 13,000 older people to use the internet and computers, and for many it was their first time going online. These skills has opened up new worlds for older people and changed their lives for the better. Age Action wants to break down the barriers to using technology, inspire people and build their confidence.
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