A Tea & Tech event hosted by Quantum Care has helped older people in the local community use the internet safely, increase their digital skills and gain greater independence.
Aimed at helping older people remain at home longer, attendees at the event at Anson Court in Welwyn Garden City were taught a range of online skills – from small tasks such as online shopping, to offering guidance and advice on internet safety to protect them against fraud.
Other sessions explored how online programmes such as brain games can help to improve mental agility, as well as using Skype to alleviate feelings of isolation amongst elderly people living alone.
The event, which was part of Anson Court’s regular day care service, was made possible by partners Age UK Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire Police and Ocado, and was supported by the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Roger Trigg.
Maria Ball, Chief Executive of Quantum Care, said: “Today has shown how valuable events like this are for older people in the local community. When used correctly and safely, technology can help reduce loneliness and increase wellbeing amongst older people, giving people a greater sense of independence and helping them continue to live at home. These are real outcomes that benefit everyone in Hertfordshire, and we are grateful to our partners for supporting us to spread this important message.
“Tea & Tech is part of Quantum Care’s wider Technology for Living strategy, which aims to develop and apply technology in a way that directly benefits the lives of older people in the community, and the thousands living in our homes.”