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Seniors get tech savvy

Wednesday, 6th April, 2016

Crystal Baird on her way to becoming tech savvy with some help from Leigh Arnold from the Telstra Shop. Crystal Baird on her way to becoming tech savvy with some help from Leigh Arnold from the Telstra Shop.

Broken Hill seniors are getting in touch with their inner geek with the help of some free training in the use of technology.

Tech Savvy Seniors, the program aimed at getting the elderly up to speed with computers and smart phones, is being run again as part of Seniors Week.

Last year Telstra and the NSW Government announced the expansion of the program with a goal to reach 20,000 seniors by the end of 2016. 

Sessions began on Monday and is covering topics such as reading bills and how to use mobile phones, an introduction to computers and managing internet costs. 

They will continue to be run at the City Library each day until Friday, beginning at 3.30pm. 

Telstra Area General Manager for Western NSW, Scott Curtin, said new communications technology gave people the opportunity to be more connected than ever. 

“Developing the confidence and skills to use technology and participate in the digital community and economy is increasingly important for seniors,” Mr Curtin said. 

“We know that most seniors who participate in the Tech Savvy Seniors training are keen to integrate technology use into their lifestyles and almost 90 per cent of participants found the training to be helpful in increasing their knowledge or confidence in using new technologies.” 

For more information or to book a place, call 8088 6532 or go into the Telstra store. 

(To find out more about the Tech Savvy Seniors Program, visit: 

http://www.telstra.com.au/telstra-seniors/

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