Aug 15, 2013


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BVC program aims to connect Strathmore seniors to technology

Bow Valley College and the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, minister of state for Finance and Member of Parliament for Crowfoot, today announced a new community based project, 'Connecting Seniors', aimed at providing Strathmore seniors' introductory computer skills. 

'Connecting Seniors' will encourage seniors to adopt technology in their daily uses.  The program also promotes intellectual enrichment and cultural engagement.  

"I am really proud to see folks in our riding chasing down new technologies , especially our seniors," said MP Sorenson. "I am happy that the federal government can help Bow Valley College share these new technologies with our seniors in the Strathmore region."  

In cooperation with Bow Valley College, local senior associations and senior living facilities, registrants aged over 65 years will participate in a four-part, hands-on interactive session to foster and advance their technology skills. 

The series includes instruction, tips, techniques, skill development and trouble-shooting in:

  • Computer basics
  • Internet and email
  • Facebook, Twitter, social networking and
  • Digital photo management    

Funding for 'Connecting Seniors'was graciously provided by 'New Horizons For Seniors', a federal program designed to present innovative and creative approaches that strive to have a lasting impact on seniors' positive welfare in the community.  

"This program speaks to a core belief we have at Bow Valley College, which is that learning is a lifetime endeavor," said Sharon Carry, BVC President and CEO. "Being able to use modern communication tools can significantly improve the quality of life for seniors who may face barriers connecting and interacting with the world."   

Despite the widespread acceptance of technology for everyday business and communication, seniors are not leaping forward into the new digital age.  Among seniors, only 51 per cent of those aged 65-74 years use the Internet and only 27 per cent of those over the age of 75 years.  

As younger generations increasingly rely on smart phones, the Internet, technology the generational gap with seniors grows. 'Connecting Seniors'will enhance connectivity of multiple generations and promote vitality in health through mental and intellectual stimulation.

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