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Funding Empowers Seniors Through Technology Training
Older adult learners across Nova Scotia will receive training to better use technology with the support of a $50,000 grant to the Empowering Seniors Through Technology project.
Funding to @NS, a network which empowers communities and individuals through access to technology, enables the hiring of trainers to provide workshops and individual sessions for older adult learners. The grant is funded through SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population.
“Training seniors to better use technology helps them stay connected with their communities, friends and families online and ensures they are comfortable making digital purchases,” said Leo Glavine, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “All this helps older adults stay active and engaged.”
The regions chosen for the project include aging and rural populations as well as large percentages of potential clients from diverse backgrounds including Indigenous Peoples, African Nova Scotians, Acadians and Nova Scotians living on low incomes.
This program has empowered hundreds of older Nova Scotians to feel more confident and connected in the digital world of today. This initiative perfectly fits our mandate of ensuring everyone is using technology to better their lives.Charlotte Janes, president, @NS
I used the computer help last year and now again this year. It helped me to learn many things I did not know how to do or had forgotten. I really enjoyed the attitude of the instructors. They were very patient.John Wheeler, program participant, Black Rock, Kings Co.
- supporting social connections and aging in place are identified as priorities in SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population
- the communities and regions of Membertou, Guysborough County, Pictou-Antigonish, Halifax Regional Municipality, Annapolis Valley, Lunenburg-Queens, the Sydney area and Yarmouth are identified as having the greatest need for this service
- the funding goes towards hiring eight trainers and purchasing tablets and laptops for training purposes
- this is the third year that @NS has received funding from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to empower seniors through technology.
- @NS, formerly called the Community Technology Network of Nova Scotia, was formed in 2016 to enhance and empower individuals and communities through access to technology