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October 2014

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Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service ambassador Judy Buckmaster delivers iPad training to Wattle Glen Aged Care facility resident Trixie King.

Library offers iPad training for seniors

A Government initiative with Telstra and the Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service will allow seniors in Melbourne’s northern suburbs to borrow iPads and receive free training.

Minister for Ageing David Davis officially launched the Seniors Connect project at the Wattle Glen Aged Care facility.

‘It is expected that Seniors Connect will reach 1,000 seniors living in Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik.

‘Thanks to support from Telstra and a Government funding boost, the program now has 50 tablets ready for Seniors Card holders to practise on and borrow.

‘Free training sessions will be delivered from Rosanna Library, at residential aged care facilities in Banyule, Whittlesea and Nillumbik or even in a home visit.’

Yarra Plenty Regional Library’s outreach service will also ensure isolated seniors with limited mobility or living in residential aged care services, such as Wattle Glen Aged Care, can access the iPad lending and training program.

Yarra Plenty Regional Library board chair Jenny Mullholland said the initiative was a much-needed program for the seniors in the community.

‘The program will make a difference to the library’s 120 housebound and isolated home library patrons and the residents of the 39 aged care facilities visited by the library,’ Cr Mullholland said.

Seniors Connect aims to help seniors get online, stay connected to family and friends and improve their digital literacy in the comfort of their own home.

It expands on the recently-launched Victorian Tech Savvy Seniors training program that will see more than 6,000 seniors in more than 40 rural and regional libraries across Victoria receive face-to-face technology training.

Both programs partner with Telstra and are part of the Government’s Seniors Card Age Friendly Partners Program.