It can seem like everything has gone ‘on-line’; the way we communicate with friends and family, shop, do banking, conduct business, access government services, and find information. And constant technological changes can sometimes feel very challenging.
Being online has its upsides. In the recent evaluation of Forward with Dementia, many people told us that having information and resources online was helpful in allowing them to pick and choose what they needed, when they needed it. They told us that becoming familiar with video calls with family and friends especially during the pandemic was a wonderful way to connect. The downsides were unreliable connections, especially in rural areas of the country, and the lack of face-to-face human connection. And of course, scams.
The Australian Government Department of Social Services along with the eSafety Commissioner and the Good Things Foundation has released a series of webinars called BeConnected which is designed to help you:
- Develop your digital skills
- Build your confidence, and
- Keep you safe online.
If you haven’t attended a webinar before, visit this page and watch the short video on How to Join a Webinar.
The free, online presentations are available to anyone over the age of 50. They are designed for people with beginning or intermediate computer abilities.
Simply download the BeConnected schedule of webinars 2023, select the topics that interest you and register online. Webinar topics include:
- Can you spot a scam?
- Staying safe on FaceBook
- Smart homes
- Helpful apps
- How to use government websites.
You can also download topic summaries for each webinar. Also visit their Articles and Tips page for information on using eScripts, help with Email and more.
For more information on this website
People living with dementia can read the following articles:
- Strategies from others to deal with difficulties at home
- Therapies to help memory and thinking
- Social inclusion for people living with dementia
- Options to keep you socially and mentally active online
Carers can read the following articles: