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Senior’s Surfing

Recently my father was diagnosed with Cancer. My mother stayed with me while he underwent surgery to remove the Adeno Metastatic Cancer in his lymph node under his arm. After spending the day at the hospital my mother wanted to inform all of her friends that my father was in recovery and doing well. Mom asked if she could email her friends and use my computer. I said “sure” and passed my computer to her. In a quiet voice she indicated to me that my dad always “got her on her email”. After we informed her friends I downloaded several tools to help ……I thought. However, what was easy and commonplace for me totally confused a lady raised a time when up and down loading met helping out on the farm. I opened a facebook account and we found several of her friends and family members.

Now if you want to see the internet through entirely different eyes go surfing with your mom. I said “What do you want to see, or know and find out”. After mentioning several boring subjects I googled Beethoven’s 9th. My mother was enchanted with the YouTube videos that put into focus the New York Symphony in action. Quickly she shouted ” Magic Flute” two seconds later her eyes closed and she was in seventh heaven. After the classics I introduced mom to Susan Boyle. It was 9.00 when we started. The evening progressed into the livingroom. The scene was set with candles, wine and my laptop. We sat there side by side and the time flew. It was 1:30 when I realized how late it was.

My father is fine now. However, now when my mom comes to visit we update her facebook page and go Surfing. With the computer in our laps, and the candles lit I see my mother in an entirely different light.

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO LEARN HOW TO USE A COMPUTER

In ever increasing numbers seniors are embracing technology and they are currently the fastest growing group of computer buyers and Internet users. A recent study by the Canadian Internet Project reports that 51% of Canadians aged 60 and over are now online. This is great news because research shows that computer use has a positive influence on the overall outlook and mental health of seniors. According to the American Psychological Association, seniors who use computers show fewer depressive symptoms than others. Nursing homes with computer facilities have reported improvements in the residents’ feelings of self-esteem and life satisfaction. At the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Scarborough, Ontario seniors surf the Internet, Instant Message friends and family, and learn to blog in the computer lab, and they are loving it.

Computers can enrich the lives of seniors in many ways. Most importantly they contribute to a greater sense of independence and decreased isolation. Regular computer use can keep the mind active and sharp. The Internet is a life line for seniors who may have restricted mobility and find it increasingly difficult to get out and about. With families spread out all over our global village, the Internet offers a cost effective and convenient way for seniors to keep in touch with family and friends. Think of the marvelous things that you can do online

  • Stay in touch with friends and family via email
  • Send online greeting cards
  • Post and view photographs
  • Shop
  • Pay bills
  • Listen to music
  • Research health related information
  • Search government websites for information
  • Play games
  • Do genealogical searches
  • Keep up with news and current events
  • Make travel plans
  • Buy tickets for concerts, theatre, and special events

Don’t be afraid of computers. Everyone can learn how to use a computer. The costs of owning a computer have really come down in recent years, but if a new computer is beyond your budget, consider purchasing a used computer. If you are mobile the Government of Canada offers the use of computers and the Internet for free.

For help in finding public access to computers and training near you call:

1-800-268-6608
TTY: 1-800-465-7735