Broadband for Seniors Program a Hit

Getting internet savvy are local residents Louise Burke, Inna Konovalova and Nancy Buch.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d439227
Getting internet savvy are local residents Louise Burke, Inna Konovalova and Nancy Buch. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d439227

LOCAL seniors say they are discovering a whole new world via internet training.

The Broadband for Seniors program, funded by the Federal Government, supplies computers, internet access and technical help for older people in libraries, retirement villages and aged care centres.

Lois Burke, from Amana Living Hale House in Coolbellup, said the program had given her the confidence to use her new computer.

“I now have Facebook which is handy as I’m part of a large family and it helps me keep up to date with what they’re doing,” she said.

“I’m also updating our family tree and scanning family photos.”

Program trainer Louise Molyneux said seniors were embracing digital technology.

“I love to hear that they have been sharing games or apps they have discovered, even creating a little bit of competition amongst themselves,” she said.

“I’ve seen the enjoyment they get from Facebook, looking at their friends’ posts and creating their own. My proudest moments are when they show me something they have discovered that I didn’t know.”