Elderly get ‘tech savvy’

2017-10-20 06:00

THE elderly were encouraged to embrace the new age through the “tech savvy seniors” campaign launched by the Association for the Aged (Tafta) last week.

During the campaigns basic online transactions for shopping and communicating were taught at six Tafta establishments in recognition of the annual Week of Older Persons.

Tafta CEO Femada Shamam said this year’s theme was, “Stepping into the Future - Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”.

“Internet use among those 65 and older is growing. The elderly use these tools to bridge the gap between them and their loved ones far away and as a way to re-connect with friends from a far off time. Studies show that the internet has become an important portal for reducing isolation, loneliness and other depressive symptoms,” says Tafta CEO Femada Shamam.

“You are never too old to learn something new. I am quite excited and feel so strongly that we should never limit ourselves because of our age or stage,” said resident Elsa Maree­ (71).

“I think we should meet our challenges as we age, whatever they are, and we should make choices that will stimulate our mind as well as our body,” said Elsa, who spends three hours each day on Skype and WhatsApp­.

“Keeping active physically is important but social activity also helps to elevate mood and impact healing and it can keep cognitive functioning ongoing as one ages,” says Shamam. - Supplied.

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