Blenheim is leading the way in teaching technology skills to older people and, in turn, helping to reduce social isolation issues.
The speed in which technology has advanced, especially over the past few years, is truly mind-blowing. For the younger generation, who had the opportunity to learn from a young age, it is an exciting development. But, for the older generation where new information processing is generally more challenging, it can be a source of anxiety.
For members of our Enliven Tōtara day programme in Blenheim, this anxiety could soon disappear. Team Leader, Tricia Dawson, who has worked in the technology industry for many years, is championing a technology programme with the support of two Marlborough Trusts. It is set to teach members vital technology skills for use with not just standard desktop computers, but also laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, as well as other hardware such as the UE Boom speaker.
It is hoped that it will help older people overcome their technology struggles and, in turn, will also help to reduce social isolation where technology has been a barrier to keeping in touch.