Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10 Easy Steps to Teach Seniors to Use a Computer

Some of our experienced eldercare companions have taught their clients to use a computer with great success. Many of these clients now communicate with their children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren via email, Facebook and Skype. For many seniors, it has opened up a new avenue for them to keep in close contact with their loved ones and share in the milestone moments of their grandkids. Others have reported reconnecting via Facebook with friends they haven't heard from in 50 years. It is a great tool for seniors. And we have found many of our older clients tend to really embrace the technology once they get over the initial fear factor.

Teaching Seniors Computers - 10 Tips

Written By : Michael Gorzka

I've been teaching library computer classes since 1997. Here are my top 10 tips for teaching
seniors how to use a computer.

1) State the goals of the class before you begin instructing. People will come into a class with different skill levels. Advanced students will often work ahead or surf the web if the class material is too basic for them.

This can distract you and other people in the class.

After everyone in the class has been seated, I introduce myself and then say something like: "Just to
make sure we're all on the same page here, this the Introduction to Email Class". In this class we cover the
very basics of sending and receiving email messages. Is that why we're all here?"

2) Use real life parallels whenever possible...Read entire article

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