Lynn octogenarians make the most of digital age

Windmill Court residents receiving online training. FLtoR Evelyn Fisher. Jennifer Shaw ( Scheme Assistant ) Mary Smith. Edith Garrard. ANL-160504-173532009

Windmill Court residents receiving online training. FLtoR Evelyn Fisher. Jennifer Shaw ( Scheme Assistant ) Mary Smith. Edith Garrard. ANL-160504-173532009

Age has proved no barrier for a group of enterprising ‘silver surfers’ at a Lynn sheltered housing complex.

For the pensioners at Windmill Court, who are all over the age of 80, have the digital world at their fingertips thanks to a new initiative.

The residents are enjoying keeping in touch with family and friends across the world with FaceTime, Facebook, Skype and Twitter and getting to grips with shopping on the likes of eBay and Amazon.

The octogenarians have been developing their online skills and exploring the digital world as part of a ‘Getting Online’ programme by housing provider, The Hyde Group, which owns Windmill Court.

Jennifer Shaw, scheme Assistant and digital champion at Windmill Court and also Minster Court, in Peterborough, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to see how much residents have gained from the weekly Digital Inclusion sessions.

“They have embraced the technology and really seem to enjoy being able to do so much. Some are communicating with family and friends, others are using money saving and comparison sites, banking safely online and even supermarket shopping and playing games.

“As residents have learned to use the technology they have grown in confidence and have been able to do so much more in the digital world. It has made such a difference to their lives.”

Windmill Court resident Evelyn Fisher said: “ I have really enjoyed the lessons.

“I am now able to email friends and family and shop online which makes life so much easier for me.

“I can also watch TV programmes and keep up with the news online.”

Fellow resident Joy Dode added: “It has really made a difference to my life and opened up a whole new world for me.

“I no longer feel lonely as I know all I have to do is press a button and there is always someone there to keep me company either through FaceTime or Facebook.”