During March and April were Život Plus and SeneCura closely collaborated to implement two pilot trainings according to a set curriculum using the developed learning materials.
The pilot trainings were conducted in person in SeneCura SeniorCentrum Klamovka with SeneCura’sclients. Participants were introduced to various topics related to technology by
a lecturer Zdeněk Vyhnis from the organization ŽivotPlus, z.ú. with the help of SeneCura caregivers who take excellent care of the seniors.
The aim of the trainings was to provide the seniors with the skills and knowledge they need to use modern ICT devices, including smartphones, tablets, and computers. The clients who participated in the trainings showed an unusual level of interest, which was an encouraging sign that such trainings are much needed.
The feedback from the clients was overwhelmingly positive, which indicated that the training was successful in meeting their expectations. The clients were appreciative of the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies and to become more confident in using them. The training also helped to reduce the fear and apprehension some seniors feel when using new technologies.
The seniors were enthusiastic about exploring communication applications such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, which have become increasingly popular in recent years. The seniors were excited about the prospect of being able to connect with their loved ones and friends more frequently and easily, regardless of their geographical location. Additionally, the seniors were keen on learning about web browsing and the various websites and online services that could benefit them. They were eager to learn how to use search engines to find information quickly and efficiently and to become more comfortable with navigating through various web pages.
In conclusion, the seniors’ preference for learning about basic topics related to smartphones and computers, communication applications, and web browsing underscores the importance of tailoring training programs to meet their specific needs and interests. By focusing on the topics that seniors are most interested in, the training programs can be made more engaging and effective in empowering them to use technology more confidently and effectively in their daily lives.
Overall, the success of the pilot trainings at the SeneCura SeniorCentrum Klamovka in Prague highlights the importance of educating seniors about ICT technologies. It is crucial to bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from the advancements in technology. These trainings are an excellent way to empower seniors to stay connected, informed, and engaged in today’s digital age.