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April 2015

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Seniors Christoula Nicolaou and Bruce Mowson at an iPad training session.

Seniors Card holders log on to win iPads

Victorian Seniors Card holders have a chance to win an iPad in a new competition encouraging older people to connect with the latest digital technology.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley launched the Tech Savvy Seniors iPad Competition at Emerald Hill Library in South Melbourne.

The Victorian Government, through the Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program, is working with Telstra to roll out the Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors Program.

The competition offers free training and DVDs to seniors who want to learn more about computers, smartphones and tablets.

Victorians have the opportunity to hire training DVDs from public libraries or to access the videos online if they already have online ability.

In rural and regional Victoria, seniors also have the chance to learn in person with peers at training sessions.

The partnership is delivering training to more than 6,000 seniors in more than 40 library services.

Seniors Card holders can enter the iPad competition for free and learn more about the Tech Savvy Seniors Program by visiting the Victorian Government’s Seniors Online website at www.seniorsonline.vic.gov.au.

Easy-to-follow training videos are also available on the website.

The competition will run regularly throughout 2015 with the first winner announced on June 1.

‘In today’s digital world, it is more important than ever for seniors to be equipped with the skills to use the latest technology and stay connected to reduce social isolation,’ said Mr Foley.

‘The Government is supporting older Victorians to age well and Tech Savvy Seniors is one way we are bridging the gap for seniors who are yet to connect online.

‘The Government wants to give seniors the confidence they need to use tablets and smartphones, whether it is for accessing services, paying bills, reading books and news, playing games or staying in touch with loved ones.’

‘Telstra is committed to helping all Australians enjoy the benefits of being connected,’ said Telstra chief sustainability officer Tim O’Leary.

‘New communications technology gives people the opportunity to be more connected than ever.

‘Developing the confidence and skills to use technology and participate in the digital community and economy is increasingly important for seniors and we know that most who participate in the Tech Savvy Seniors training are keen to integrate technology use into their lifestyles.’