New free course will help seniors navigate the digital world

Entries are now being accepted for a free digital literacy program for seniors offered by the Canadian Filipino Association of Cochrane Alberta (FCACA) in partnership with Seniors on the Bow.

Seniors Portal: Gateway to Digital Success will take place on Saturdays starting September 17 and will continue weekly through December, thanks to a federal New Horizons for Seniors Grant.

Computers are provided for use during the course, attendance is free, and refreshments and snacks are provided.

FCACA Vice President Edwin Aguanta says they can accommodate a total of 30 seniors in two 15-person sessions on Saturday afternoons at Seniors on the Bow.

“We are going to teach our elders the basics of computers so that they are not left behind when it comes to technology. It’s also a great way for them to communicate with their loved ones, whether here or abroad.

The isolation faced by many seniors during the pandemic inspired the creation of the training program

He says they are anticipating a second offer next year.

“We only have room for 30 people, and 30 isn’t enough, so we’ll have another one next year,” he said. “That way we can carry on and make sure our seniors have the opportunity to learn.”

A way to register online is being explored, but in the meantime those interested can contact Edwin at 403-399-5872 or leave a message on FCAC’s Facebook page which you can find here.

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