Newsletter 1-2

Living Connected Newsletter Volume 1 Issue 2:  in this Issue:

Classes at the MACI village
Workshop with Telstra
Living Connection joins ADIA project for seniors

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Classes at the MACI village

Living Connected has begun fortnightly computer classes on Tuesday afternoons for residents of the Multicultural Aged-care Illawarra (MACI) village in Warrawong.

Workshop with Telstra

A very productive workshop was held on August 2 for some In-House Training on the Living Connected services for Telstra Store senior specialists. In return we were given information from Telstra on their products and services that would be appropriate for seniors.

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Living Connected joins ADIA project for seniors

The Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance (ADIA) met in Sydney this week and Living Connected has joined others providing similar services to ours in other parts of Australia. We formed a network to share ideas and experiences on the digital inclusion of seniors.  https://digitalinclusion.org.au/

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Newsletter 1-1

Living Connected Newsletter  Volume 1 Issue 1 – in this Issue:

Drop-in Sessions at iAccelerate
Workshops for Volunteers
Grant from the Vita Foundation
Living Connected in the Media

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Drop-in Sessions at iAccelerate

Living Connected is now providing computer help every Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9:30-11:30. The Drop-in sessions are held at iAccelerate on the Innovation Campus in Wollongong on the free Green Bus Route. Seniors wanting help can bring in their digital devices for advice and solutions to problems.  As demand increases, new times will be made available.

Workshops for Volunteers

Workshops were held in June and July to train volunteer helpers to assist the professional Living Connected Team.

Grant from the Vita Foundation

Presentation of  a cheque on July 13, 2017 on the roof of iAccelerate, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong.

L to R: Helen Hasan (Living Connected); Cody Norman (Area Manager- Illawarra Vita Group Telstra Stores); Colleen Barker (NBN Co-Ordinator NSW/ACT Vita Group Telstra Stores & Business Centres); Mitchell Hayes (Store Manager- Wollongong Telstra Store); Corina Ionescu (Living Connected).

Living Connected in the Media

Helen has been interviewed on ABC Illawarra morning radio and on VOX Illawarra community radio.

See also this article in the Illawarra Mercury http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/4796481/startup-helps-elderly-stay-up-to-computer-speed/?src=rss

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The Inspiration for Living Connected

By Helen Hasan

Seven years ago I  became a full time carer for my husband who had early onset Dementia from Alzheimer’s disease. His condition had deteriorated to the point where he could not stay home by himself and no longer qualified for daycare.  We received very few visitors and it was very difficult to go out anywhere.  We were virtually isolated in our own home.

Fortunately for me I had a computer connected to the Internet plus well developed computer skills. I could continue to work part-time, do most everyday transactions online such as banking and shopping. I could still Skype to family, friends and colleagues.

I began to wonder how others in this situation managed without  the digital capability that I had. Not everyone wants to learn to use a computer or could afford to have an Internet connection; but there must be many who would benefit greatly if they could.

After the death of my husband I started to do some research on how older people used computers. Some colleagues and I then conducted some action research in a local aged-care facility.  We set up a corner of their recreation room with a few computers  and ran  classes every Friday afternoon for some residents who came along.  The first thing we noticed was that they were all very different.  Some just wanted to play games and surf the net.  Others wanted to do banking online, research their family history or write their life’s story.  Some had poor eyesight or poor dexterity.  Some would only use a “proper” computer with a keyboard and screen  while others took readily to the ipad.

While not all participants came every week, it was most rewarding to see the joy on their when they accomplished something that was important to them.  Sometimes it was seeing a new grandchild for the first time on Skype or finding their old home on Google Earth. For others it was finding some free knitting patterns that they could download or the words to a song they knew as children.

So now we are starting a social business, Living Connected, to  support people who want to stay living at home as they get older to set up and use computers for whatever will improve their quality of life. Just watch this space.

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