Celebrating Older Person’s Day 2021

Today we’re celebrating Older Person’s Day, an opportunity to highlight the positive impact older people have had on society.

It’s also an important time to recognise the issues experienced by older people, especially over the past 18 months which have been a particularly challenging time for older people who have been most at risk of the COVID-19 virus.

There are currently 700 million people in the world over the age of 60, and that number is thought to rise to two billion by 2050! We believe it’s important to make sure older people are not left behind, and that everyone continues to have access to the right support so they can continue living a happy, healthy and comfortable life as they grow older.

The theme of this year’s Older Person’s Day is ‘Digital Equity for all ages’, which focuses on the need for older people to have the opportunity to get involved in the digital world, and that they have the right support to do so.

Bernard, a ForHousing tenant at Pennington Close, Little Hulton recently took part in a 5-week training session called ‘Tech & Tea’, a course provided by Salford CVS which helps people over the age of 60 learn new digital skills using iPads.

As well as enjoying learning more about getting online and making technology work for him, Bernard really enjoyed the social aspect of the course and has made numerous friends by taking part.

In fact, he had such a great time on the course that he has now joined as a volunteer for Tech & Tea, assisting other people just like himself to get to grips with their digital skills and learn more about the online world.

Bernard said “6 months ago I didn’t want to live, I felt useless because of my physical disabilities, now I can’t wait to wake up each morning! I now have a purpose in life, making positive differences to other people’s lives. I’m very proud of my achievements.”

During lockdown, Bernard regularly took part in the Tech & Tea sessions via Zoom which were held twice daily, some of which he took the lead on which really helped to boost his confidence.

Bernard has also participated recently in Wellbeing Conversations Training, so he is able to have supportive conversations with people taking part in the sessions.

He has spoken openly in sessions about difficulties he has faced in life & how he has managed to overcome them, when he has identified that others were experiencing difficulties in their own lives.

Bernard regularly talks about what a difference the Tech & Tea course has made to his life, and it is now helping him to make positive differences to other people’s lives.

If you would like to get involved in a similar course to Tech & Tea, please visit the following websites:

https://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/tech-tea

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/oldham/our-services/info-advice-and-support/technology-and-us/

https://www.learnmyway.com/