Amana Living seniors guided by St Mary’s students


Pat Childs and Alannah Murphy share a lesson in digital learning.
Pat Childs and Alannah Murphy share a lesson in digital learning.

MORE than 20 Karrinyup students have been helping senior citizens learn more about the digital age in one-on-one training.

St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School in Years 8 to 10 hosted hour-long technology sessions to help residents at Amana Living’s Moline House, in Karrinyup, improve their online literacy.

The Moline Connect project aimed to increase social connection to the wider community through independent access.

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St Mary’s technology and enterprise department head Michelle Fitzpatrick said the opportunity enabled teaching and communication skills.

“It means so much to me personally, to know that our local senior residents can learn to interact online with friends or family near or far, learn to navigate an iPad, consider and join a variety of social media, write an email, take selfies, install apps and, of course, to enjoy the social interaction with our girls,” she said.

Amana Living chief executive officer Stephanie Buckland said maintaining mental agility was important in helping seniors to stay involved and independent.

“Engaging with technology is a great way to provide mental stimulation as well as social connection,” she said.

“The intergenerational aspect of this project adds a wonderful dimension, giving the young people a chance to respectfully share skills and knowledge with their elders.”