Technology can provide wonderful ways to stay in touch with others, especially friends and family who live interstate or overseas. It can also help make your life easier in many ways, such as by paying your bills or doing your grocery shopping online.
However, if you did not grow up using computers, mobile devices, social media and the internet, learning how to navigate all their features can be quite intimidating.
The good news is there are many ways you can build your knowledge and skills with using technology. You can attend free and low cost classes available in your local area. You can also take free courses and watch instructional videos online that you can stop and watch again, allowing you to go at your own pace.
Access a computer
Members of our libraries can book a computer, free of charge. You can browse the internet and use Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Find out how to book a library computer.
The Commonwealth Government has a large range of resources designed to help older people build their digital literacy. These include online courses you can take at your own pace that start with the absolute basics and include step-by-step instructions and short video tutorials. You can find them all on the Be Connected website.
The Victorian Government's Seniors Online website also has information on a wide range of topics to help you learn about technology, from choosing a computer, to creating a Facebook account. They have a great collection of short, easy to follow Tech Savvy Seniors - Self-teach videos.
Attend a class
The Be Connected program provides computer and technology classes for seniors, which are often run in our local libraries. Many neighbourhood houses, community centres, U3As and other community groups also offer free or low cost computer classes. Some even offer one-on-one sessions where you can bring your own device and spend time with someone knowledgeable who will help you with your specific questions.
See the full range of computer and technology classes near you.