Tea and Biscuits or to be precise ITea and Biscuits which starts today 16th September 2013 and runs all week. An annual event run nationally by Age UK it hopes to encourage older people to try technology. As always we wish them luck with this and recommend you visit the Age UK website for events near you or to volunteer if you can.
Here at UCanDoIT we work with a lot of older people many of whom have age related disabilities, such as visual impairments or mobility issues, in fact our figures tell us that over half of the people we have worked with are 61 + (around 2,500 older people). This is why we are pleased to say that this year we start a three year campaign to specifically train 150 older people.
We are very aware that one size does not fit all and that older people are as individual in their needs and wishes as any group. Indeed one of our tutors recently worked with a group of older people and, seeing an 80+ year old woman playing chess on a pc tablet, asked if she played a lot of games on her IT …”Yes” she replied “but what I really like is when I get indoors I get my Playstation out and play Assassin’s Creed – I love shooting things!”.
We are all in danger of making assumptions about the reasons why older people might want to use technology but with somewhere close to four millions older/disabled people not online we need to also look at how they use it and what help we can offer them.