Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) President Nan Bosler is proof that you’re never too old to learn.
With an impressive list of achievements under her belt, such as a Masters in Local Government Management and a Bachelor of Education, Nan was recently awarded her sixth qualification; a Diploma in Family History from the University of Tasmania.
Nan completed her recent studies through distance education, participating in online classes and submitting her assessments online.
“Like many seniors, I didn’t use lots of technology in the past so I found it challenging when I had to learn something new,” Nan said.
“I was so motivated to complete this course that I found the new technology I needed to use was fairly easy to deal with.”
Nan uses technology for more than just her study and feels confident that others can learn these skills too.
“There are so many resources available and peers who can help,” Nan said.
“If you’re willing to give it a try, you may find that it’s easier than you first thought.”
Recently, Nan sat down with Department of Human Services General Manager Hank Jongen to discuss the benefits and challenges of seniors embracing technology.
Nan is one of many older Australians using the department’s self-service channels.
“Our department is providing new ways for older Australians to engage with us online,” Hank said.
“We recently introduced online claims for Age Pension, making the process easier than ever before.
“We’ve also launched our Seniors Update Facebook and Twitter accounts. These online communities give older Australians the opportunity to ask us questions, and we can provide them with information to help guide them through our online services.”
On International Day of Older Persons, Nan is challenging stereotypes and embracing new technology and new ways of communicating online.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about using the internet, you can check with the ASCCA to find out if there is a club in your area.