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Creating digital-savvy seniors

Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa and Hutt City Libraries are trialling Appy Seniors – a new project to help seniors engage in the digital world.

Appy Seniors is a new age-friendly community project to help seniors access information and services using apps on their smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Laurence Zwimpfer from Digital Inclusion Alliance Aotearoa says research suggests that while 50% of seniors have access to a smartphone, many do not have the confidence to use apps that can have a direct impact on improving their lives.

“The project will provide opportunities for seniors to learn practical skills and solutions to help them take full advantage of the digital age. We want to create digital-savvy older people who have the confidence to use relevant apps to reduce isolation as well as save money.”

Hutt City Libraries runs a variety of programmes to combat social isolation as well as Stepping UP Computer Classes which are popular with seniors who want to upskill themselves in this digital world, says Libraries’ Programme Development Manager, Lillian Pak.

“Library staff field enquiries every day from seniors who need a little bit of extra help navigating technology. We’re pleased to offer Appy Seniors in our libraries and get seniors more familiar with apps that could improve their wellbeing.”

Bring your device and join us on Thursday 17 October:

12:30pm-2:30pm, Wainuiomata Library (Wainuiomata Community Hub)

1pm-3pm, Taita Library (Walter Nash Centre)

1pm-3pm, Petone Library

Apps that will be covered include SuperGold Card, Google Maps, Metlink, TVNZ OnDemand and Uber, as well how to order your groceries online! Volunteers from KiwiBank will also be on hand to help.

Hutt City Libraries also offers an exciting range of digital resources for all ages including eBooks, eMagazines, streaming movies, family history research tools and much more. To find out more come along to an Appy Seniors Session, visit Hutt City Libraries’ website, or kōrero with staff at your local library.

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