Published On 24 June 2019 at 10:40 AM
Is your smartphone currently out-smarting you? Join the Seniors Smartphone Helpdesk, being held at Engadine Community Centre on Thursday 27 June, to take control of your device and connect with family and friends.
This Helpdesk session, from 10am to 3pm, will provide an opportunity for seniors to learn the basics of using a smartphone, including how to download apps, share photos, get the latest news updates and check the weather.
“Most people now days have a smartphone, but for some of us it can be confusing to get started or work out how to use all of the apps,” said Sutherland Shire Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce.
“But, smartphones they are becoming increasingly important to stay connected and keep in touch with our friends and loved ones,” he added.
The Seniors Smartphone Helpdesk aims to help older residents connect or stay connected to family, friends and their local community, which is important to maintaining health and wellbeing.
New research by Swinburne University shows one in four Australians are lonely, and loneliness has been proven to be as bad for your health as smoking. That’s why Sutherland Shire Council is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation on a local level by partnering with community organisations to offer programs like the Befriending Program.
“We know that 23% of Sutherland Shire residents are aged over 60 years and of those aged over 65 years, almost 10% are living in their home alone and needing assistance with core activities,” said Mayor Pesce.
“I really encourage our seniors to attend sessions like this one, not only to learn something new, but to connect with people and organisations who can provide valuable support in helping to improve happiness, health and quality of life,”
The Smartphone Helpdesk is supported by Sutherland Shire Council, BeConnected Community Services, Gymea Community Aid & Information Service, Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation, 3 Bridges Community, Engadine Community Services and Carer Support Services.
“We will have volunteers, as well as a Sutherland Shire Council e-learning librarian, to help tackle any of those burning smartphone questions our seniors may have,” said Melinda Paterson, Manager of Engadine Community Services.
“There will also be local community services on-hand if you have any questions about aged care, or how to connect with like-minded seniors or volunteers, with information available on some great new social groups and initiatives to get involved in,” added Ms Paterson.
If you would like to find out more come along to the:
Seniors Smartphone Helpdesk
Thursday, 27 June 2019
10am – 3pm
Engadine Community Centre
1034-1036 Old Princes Hwy, Engadine
Tel: 9520 7022