the young people, many older adults seek to keep pace with
technological advances. This is the case of Norma Reyes, who at
75 years old can easily handle a mouse and surf in Internet.
"Three months ago I was the only one in my house who could not
use a computer. Now I can visit many web pages to entertain and
inform by myself", Norma says while she is browsing web pages of news, listening to music on her website referred to and chat with
is a beneficiary of Digital Literacy Program offered by the Home for
the Elderly in the Municipality of Jesus Maria (Lima) and is
taught by seven teachers, the most notably is César Taramona, 71
years old, and who argues that: "with great patience and
love the most old men of the house are overcoming prejudices".
Ernesto Fierro, 52 old, admits that some years ago he had the
opportunity to attend a course with young and older adults, and
the old people did not know even how to use a mouse. "It was
a shame to see them feel excluded", he recalls. That
experience allowed him to see that, except the houses for the
elderly in some towns, there were no places where people with his age
could learn the principles of the network.
Therefore, he established a Technical Center
for Productivity (Cetpro) “Linda Systems”, located in San Borja (Lima), wich offers free computer classes in a
session of two hours. People just need to show their ID and be
willing to learn.
2009 over 200 older adults followed the Digital Literacy Program of Jesus Maria. At these workshops, people learn to create an e-mail,
chat, video calls, using a USB and download photos from a digital
The municipalities of Miraflores, San Borja and La
Molina in Lima also provide computer classes for older adults.