Seniors become more tech savvy at Expo

Efriends with consumer2The Tech Expo for Seniors held in February and hosted by the ILC and COTA WA (Council on the Ageing WA) proved popular, with registrations full within two weeks of advertising the event.

Over 100 people attended to learn about current and emerging technologies and to gain insight into the many ways that technology can help people to stay in touch, communicate with others, be safer and more independent, participate in recreational activities and perform tasks such as banking.

Presentations offered on the day included

  • how to choose a tablet;
  •  making your computer easier to use;
  • accessing eBooks;
  •  telecommunications for communication or safety; and
  •  telecare solutions to help you stay at home.

ILC Tech Team Leader Kelly Moore said the great interest in this Expo demonstrated that seniors are keen to embrace technology but need the support to do so.

“Technology options available today really can make such a big difference to people’s lives, to help them not only maintain their independence but also to have far greater control, choice and safety in their lives.

Senior try out a bowling game“Because assistive technology keeps developing at such a fast pace, people often aren’t aware of products available that could greatly increase independence, or they are aware but need the support to be able to use that technology.

“Whether it is an eReader like the Kindle, a light device where pages can be turned with the touch of a button, and the text size of any book can be increased; or an advanced telecare system linked to a 24 hour monitoring centre and interfaced with sensor devices to monitor the home environment to keep you safe, both can make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“Imagine giving up reading because you find the text hard to read or the book heavy to hold or having to move out of your home because you no longer feel as safe as you used to. Technology can help you address these issues.

Older gentleman with laptop2“This event was a great opportunity to inform and educate people about the possibilities technology can offer and to direct people to other services in the community that can provide support,” said Kelly.

The ILC and COTA WA are grateful to the participating organisations who contributed to this successful event. Thank you to

Technology can help with everyday living

ILC Staff member with young child with a disability looking at an ipad(left) Jennifer Lee enjoys learning on the iPad with her Grandma Robbie Litster.

Do you have arthritis in your hands or changes in your vision? Health conditions such as these need not affect your ability to continue to use your computer, mobile phone or enjoy activities such as reading and cooking.

Assistive technology such as larger keyboard options; phones with easy to push buttons; eReaders, where pages can be turned with the touch of a button and the text size can be increased; and a range of kitchen aids can assist people with everyday activities.

The ILC houses thousands of helpful items which can be viewed and trialed by booking an appointment with an experienced health professional. Whilst the ILC does not sell items, a hire service is available so that people can trial equipment at home and information where to purchase items can be provided.

Over 10,000 assistive technology items can be viewed on the ILC Australia National Equipment Database at www.ilcaustralia.org.au and further information can be accessed by calling the ILC’s enquiry line on (08) 9381 0600.