In this modern world where majority of life’s daily processes are run by technology, it is very important to not miss out on computers. Learning the computer can be done whichever age bracket one may fall under; in fact, some kids as young as 2 years old have learned to play with computers. Hence, learning the computer is never too late for the older population.
A variety of computer courses for the aged are available either online or in the classic four-walled classroom. In the United Kingdom, AgeUK offers computer trainings to the older people. According to its website, AgeUK is the country’s largest non-government organization which is dedicated to making the lives of older people better. AgeUK recognizes the fact that older people should not miss out on technology, thus it designed a computer training course in an easy-to-follow format and offers its material in plain English to make it more understandable for the older people. AgeUK also has an available online platform wherein the older people can learn about the internet and computers on their own, set at their preferred learning pace.
Similar to AgeUK, AgeAction in Ireland also has the mission of fighting against what it refers to as the “digital exclusion”. Since 2006, AgeAction has delivered its Getting Started Computer Training program to over 27,000 Irish people who are beyond 55 years of age. Materials are taught to the older people by thousands of volunteer tutors who teach the class in small groups.
AgeConcern Hampshire is another independent charity organization that provides computer courses for the aged, specifically those who are over 50 years old. AgeConcern Hampshire teaches to its beneficiaries the basic Applications not limited to the internet, shopping, and home-study learning.
Aside from these organizations which provide computer courses in a physical environment, there are also websites which offer computer trainings online for the older population. Skillful Senior (www.skillfullsenior.com) may be used by an individual or in the classroom setting. For seniors who wish to learn the computer by themselves, Skillful Senior has online digital characters that can help the learner with the computer modules. The material is taught using interactive animations, and some of the topics that it teaches are the basic navigation skills, parts of the computer, as well as ergonomics.
Meganga (www.meganga.com) is another website that provides computer lessons for seniors without any fees. Topics can be learned by watching the online videos posted on the website. Among these topics that are taught are the MS Office tools such as MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.
The Senior’s Guide to Computers is also another online platform that has designed its courses for the older people. The website uses a mixture of photos, videos and texts with plenty of examples to teach computer topics. The learner can choose from any of four font sizes to make the material more comfortable and readable. Just like the other websites, it also teaches the basics of a computer—its parts and functions; how to use the e-mail and internet, how to protect the computer from security risks, and many more.