50s Lifestyle

How wise get tech savvy

SENIORS are wise but youngsters are tech savvy, according to Henry Baracz who attended the council’s first technology mentoring sessions in March.

“When I arrived at the youth mentoring session I was a little apprehensive; I had been fumbling with technology for years which had made me feel nervous and unsure,” he said.
“I was asking myself, is there any point in starting now? But a few months later, my confidence online has improved and my world has expanded because of the digital skills I gained.
“I learnt so much, but there’s always more to learn!”
From October 16, Beverly Hills High School students will help seniors get up to speed with technology as part of a free, weekly library program called Be Connected.
Mayor Khal Asfour says it’s an opportunity for the generations to work together and learn from each other.
“It’s great to see our youth offer their time as mentors for the new program, and I think it will be really beneficial for both age groups,” he said.
“If you’re a senior, I would encourage you to take part. Whether you need some assistance with your smartphone, tablet or laptop, or just want to learn how to use features like video chat and Google Maps, these sessions will give you the direction and help you need.”
Free, the sessions are offered to residents over 50 and scheduled to run over five weeks; meet at Lakemba Library and Knowledge Centre from 9.30am on Wednesdays and then be transported by bus to the school for the two-hour session.
For more info and to book, call 9789 9419.