Free computer classes offered to seniors
Literacy Merritt is scheduled to hold free computer lessons from tomorrow (Wednesday) to May 16, in an event dubbed “Cyber Seniors.”
The course is designed for seniors who are looking for an introduction to computer devices.
“Our main goal is to teach the seniors what they are looking for,” said co-ordinator Robyn Grebliunas. “The common theme there, is they want to communicate with their family.”
She said seniors often receive technological gifts that they don’t know how to operate.
Gifts include cellphones, eReaders, laptops, digital cameras and iPods, for example.
“They want to know how to set up a Facebook account, or an email or they want to use the camera on their phone,” she said. “We really let the course go where it needs to go.”
She said the first course of this type was offered in 2009. Other courses were brought to seniors homes and similar venues via a portable lab in 2011 — but that option won’t continue this year, due to the loss of a grant from Service Canada.
Another option is expected to be offered through Literacy Merritt and more information is to be released about that project. The new option will offer computer courses at seniors centres for a fee that is not yet determined.
Grebliunas said the free courses that start this week usually have a long waiting list.
Classes are scheduled to run from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Merritt Central Elementary School.
Seniors are able to attend whatever classes they can make, but there could be continuity from day to day.
To register, call 250-378-4878, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by Merritt Youth and Family Resources at 2187 Coutlee Ave.