Extra Care customers
are getting digital

26 February 2015

Our extra care residents at Castle Ham Lodge are getting online with LearnDevon.

older lady on computer

Over the past three weeks, a group of ‘silver surfers’ at Castle Ham Lodge have been learning how to email, Skype and upload photos in a series of workshops, as well as picking up some hint and tips on staying savvy online.

“It has been immensely rewarding to see the ladies emailing each other messages across the desk, reading them and replying” explains Lucy China, a housing officer at Castle Ham Lodge. “Watching Barbara Skype her son was wonderful!”

#BeOnline15 week

It’s Be Online Week and we’re encouraging our customers to make the most of getting online and using the internet to improve their skills, manage their health and live life to the full.

Do you know someone who’d like help using the web? Point them towards their nearest online centre where they can go for friendly help and advice to get online.

No one should have no one

Digital inclusion has many benefits, especially for older people: it can increase health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Depression can be linked to social isolation and one in three people over 60 can go a whole week without speaking to anyone, with one in ten spending up to a month without any human contact.

However regular internet usage by people over 50 reduces depression by 20 to 28 per cent.

If you would like to support someone living alone then why not sign up to the Age UK No One Should Have No One campaign at www.ageuk.org.uk/no-one