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 Friday, 10 December 2010

Like 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 their classmates.

She 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.

In 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 camera.

The municipalities of Miraflores, San Borja and La Molina in Lima also provide computer classes for older adults.

(Source: educacionenred)

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