Tutor Norma Briginshaw and Joanne Craig work with their iPads at the Blind Bay Cyber Seniors program in 2018. (Submitted photo)

Seniors group recommends website to members with tech issues

The Wells Gray Country Seniors Society (WGCSS) has run a program called “Cyber Seniors” since 2015.

The Wells Gray Country Seniors Society (WGCSS) has run a program called “Cyber Seniors” since 2015. As part of the program, high school students connected with local seniors to assist with their technology issues.

Recently it has come to the attention of the WGCSS seniors coordinator that there is an organization in Ontario that has trademarked the name Cyber-Seniors. Going forward, the local group is no longer able to use that term and due to COVID-19 will not be able to meet for the foreseeable future.

However, any seniors looking for tech help can visit the website www.cyberseniors.org and can become a Cyber-Seniors member, allowing one to book a one-on-one tech call — a 30-minute one-on-one tech session with a young person to get help with devices — or sign up for daily webinars.

Youth tech-savvy individuals also have the opportunity to become a Cyber-Seniors volunteer.

Cyber-Seniors services are completely free, and Cyber-Senior also offers FREE memberships where one can take advantage of 1,200 self-led tutorials, videos, a discussion forum, and other resources.

Daily webinars include topics such as proper computer ergonomics, the difference between Apple, Microsoft, and Google, what to consider when buying new tech and many other topics.

You can watch previous webinars whenever you have time or need more insight in a specific topic.

A community chat takes place weekly on Tuesdays with the focus to decrease social isolation and close the generation gap. No matter your age or situation, this can be an increasingly lonely time.

So, let’s get together and talk about what’s keeping us happy right now!

To get started with this website and to learn how to navigate it, watch the “Tour the website” video or download the free Cyber-Seniors Start-Up Manual.

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