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Seniors Staying in Touch in Senior’s Week 2010 March 3, 2010

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  • Seniors are being turned on to social networking sites more than ever as grandparents learn how valuable computer technology is for keeping up with family and reconnecting with old friends. 
  • A new poll released by Nielsen reveals that the number of seniors (65 and older) using the web has increased by 6 million in the last five years.
  • Chuck Schilling from Nielsen’s online division says, “Looking at what they’re doing online, it makes sense they’re engaged in many of the same activities that dominate other age segments – e-mail, sharing photos, social networking, checking out the latest news and weather – and it’s worth noting that a good percentage of them are spending time with age-appropriate pursuits such as leisure travel, personal health care and financial concerns.”
  • Social Networking site Facebook reports that their fastest growing demographic is women over 55. 
  • CTC Oberon manager Julie Stott says that grandparents are learning that the easiest, cheapest, and most satisfying way to communicate is online.  Older people are increasingly interested in learning how to use the internet phone application Skype, for example, to make free live video calls to family members.  They are also interested in learning how to surf the internet to find information about travel, health, or hobbies, or joining Facebook to find long lost friends, or creating a blog or online diary. 
  • Seniors will be invited to get into the thick of it with a range of computer classes, seminars and workshops at CTC Oberon during Seniors Week from Tuesday March 23rd to Thursday March 25th.
  • Community Technology Centres around the state will be offering free Computer Courses, ranging from an introduction to computers and the internet, to social networking and Facebook. “Seniors Week celebrates the fact that people are living long, healthy and happy lives,” said Minister for Ageing, Paul Lynch.  “I encourage all seniors to join the celebrations by turning up and taking advantage of the free or discounted activities happening in your area.”
  • NSW Seniors Week is funded by the NSW Government and organised by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW (ADHC) to thank and recognise older people across the State for the contributions they provide to the community.  Make the most of NSW Seniors Week 2010–LIVE LIFE!

The free official event program will be available at registered clubs or, online at http://www.nswseniorsweek.com.au.   

 The following FREE sessions will be offered at the CTC in Oberon:

 Basic Computers (Tuesday 23rd March, 1:30pm to 3:30pm)
Learn how to use the computer and navigate around its functions.

 Social Networking (Wednesday 24th March, 2pm – 4pm)
Face book – keeping up with the way that your children and grandchildren communicate and interact with each other and learn how to do it yourself so you can keep in touch too.

 Bits and Pieces of a Computer and using Skype (Thursday 25th March, 1:30pm – 3:30pm) Learn about the hardware and software that comes with the computer you buy. Learn how to talk to friends and family via Skype.

Please ring 63298210 and register your interest in attending these Senior Week activities.

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