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Technology becomes source of leisure for seniors

Published: 5 Feb 2001

Ten seniors between the ages of 70 and 90 will graduate on February 6 from an eight-week Internet workshop held at Manoir Montefiore, a Côte St. Luc senior's residence, in collaboration with the McGill University Centre for Applied Family Studies

Ten seniors between the ages of 70 and 90 will graduate on February 6 from an eight-week course that has not only revolutionized the way they communicate with their loved ones, but also how they spend their free time. Since the completion of an Internet workshop held at Manoir Montefiore, a Côte St. Luc senior’s residence, in collaboration with the McGill University Centre for Applied Family Studies, the three PCs in the lobby have been bombarded with dozens of residents wanting to get in on the latest technology.

Manoir Montefiore is the first seniors residence in Montreal to undertake such an initiative to give older generations a chance to enjoy the benefits of recent technological developments. Graduates of the Internet Workshop course now frequent the machines in the lobby and spend free time playing solitaire, surfing the Internet and emailing their families.

"It is important to dispel the myths that older adults are not interested and not capable of learning, "said Iryna Dulka, Research Coordinator, at the McGill Centre for Applied Family Studies.

The course has been such a success that many residents have requested additional sessions. The initiative has also sparked the interest of neighbouring residences looking to integrate computers into seniors’ lives.

"I truly believe that the senior population is changing," said Maggie Blaise, Therapeutic Recreation Director of Manoir Montefiore. "People are getting older but they’re staying healthy longer and living longer. We want to get away from the stereotypes associated with older populations."

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