Agewell Digital Literacy Program Launched for Older Persons

By: | Published: June 25, 2016 1:53 AM

In view of fast growing role and importance of Digital Literacy in day-to-day life, prevalence of digital illiteracy among retired and older persons, Agewell Foundation, an NGO working for the empowerment and welfare of older persons across the country has initiated an innovative program for older persons - Agewell Digital Literacy Program for Older Persons.

In view of fast growing role and importance of Digital Literacy in day-to-day life, prevalence of digital illiteracy among retired and older persons, Agewell Foundation, an NGO working for the empowerment and welfare of older persons across the country has initiated an innovative program for older persons – Agewell Digital Literacy Program for Older Persons.

The program has been designed to make old people  computer literate, so that they can adjust themselves in modern fast paced life and lead a gainfully engaged & connected (with the world) life in their old age. The program could also be useful for many old people in getting post-retirement jobs to keep them gainfully engaged, active and healthy. At the same time it will help in bridging the ever-widening generation gap by bringing generations together and increase social interactions of older persons. The program will keep older people active, healthy and happier in long run.

Under the program Agewell Foundation has set up Free Computer Training Centres at various Clubs, RWAs and other prominent public places across Delhi/NCR. Agewell Foundations trained and experienced volunteers are providing FREE Computer Training to the interested old people in well-planned schedules convenient to older people.  Basis curriculum of the training program includes Basic Computer application, Softwares like MS Word, Excel, etc., Internet – email/Google/ Apps, Skype/Chat/ Facebook/ Twitter/  Instagram, Internet shopping/ banking and any other basic functions / features of computers. In addition, older people are also being trained about  use of Smart phones, i-Pads, etc.

Speaking about the initiative Himanshu Rath, Chairman of Agewell Foundation said, “Old People find themselves marginesed and isolated in today’s fast paced society. It will certainly help them in connecting themselves with the mainstream and keep them active, socially, physically and psychologically as well. Now they can be gainfully engaged in old age.”

Agewell Foundation invites interested retired and old people (55+) to register themselves with Training centres set up across the City and avail Free Computer Training from trained and supportive volunteers. On the other hand the Foundation also appeals to various  RWAs, Senior Citizens Associations/Forum/Groups, Pensioners Associations, Clubs to participate in the program and help in setting up Agewell Digital Literacy Centres at any other place where larger number of old people could  visit and get benefit.

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