Yes! And big joy!
When I try to open a document in Google Drive I now know why I get a pop up Text Edit window full of wingdings. Before 2020 and my baptism by digital fire, I didn’t know how to trouble-shoot many of my own computer and software problems. I can also report, my adult son is very, very happy I’m learning more as each month goes by. It would be accurate to state the mother-son bonding over tech problems was wearing thin. As a 70-something woman, I can even say that I’m now kinda, sorta proud of myself.
Back in March 2020, there was a collective leap to online platforms to sustain connections and maintain a semblance of life as we knew it. At that time, many older adults were not aware of their digital choices and options and there was a fear many seniors would get left behind in the tech-driven new normal. Federally funded new initiatives were put in place to improve the digital literacy of older adults. Since that time, the image of the tech adverse senior has started to dissipate and there is more interest and movement to continue creative online programming to engage older adults.
The first and well-attended Building Digital Bridges Symposium in our region was cosponsored by our local Creative Age Network and Museum London. It took place on December 20, 2020. Here in our Southwestern Ontario region, we asked life enrichment and cultural organizations about their plans to take programming, events and activities for older adults online.
As a follow up this Beyond Building Digital Bridges series of presentations and workshops will consider progress, barriers and successes to provide meaningful arts, cultural and life enrichment engagement opportunities for older adults in our communities.
Now we’re beyond building those initial digital bridges. With experts, practitioners and community consultants, we’re looking at innovative strategies to use existing technologies to sustain meaningful engagement for older adults with our various and diverse communities. You’re very welcome to join in!
Beyond Building Digital Bridges
Tuesday, February 15th 2022
Free opening presentations
9:30am to 11:45am