Empowering senior citizens


  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 11 May 2019

Gan (left), with Goh (middle) and Ong at the Johor Baru Senior Citizens Association centre.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Baru Senior Citizens Association is conducting classes for senior citizens to learn to use smartphones and be part of the digital era.

Its committee member Esther Gan Siew Len said classes started two years ago at their centre in Jalan Petri here.

“Since 2017, besides teaching them to use smartphones, we have been offering computer classes.

“We want them to stay abreast with technological development.

“So far, we have had a total of 20 students over the past two years.

“We are about to start another session this month,” she said, adding that she had also benefited from the classes.

Gan said the idea for the classes came about after some members lamented their lack of knowledge in the two areas.

“There is so much we can do with our smartphones and it is a shame to have one and not make full use of it.

“Thanks to the classes, I am now able to use Waze to reach unfamiliar locations and even book airline tickets online, without having to depend on or disturb anyone,” she said.

The classes are conducted by Goh Jiuwn Chuen, who has over 20 years of experience teaching computer classes in schools and centres in Johor.

“The lessons cater specifically to the needs of the students here and I teach them easy to understand and practical stuff, like how to use navigation tools such as Waze and Google Maps, as well as how to send locations, image or documents via WhatsApp,” he said.

Goh added that lessons also include using e-hailing apps such as Grab, reading QR code, using social media platform, downloading videos and using Google Chrome.

“I teach them about online banking, making online purchases, book tickets as well as accomodation,” he said.

Another student, Ong Chu Hai, 68, said he attended a three-month session last year and learnt useful skills.

“Some took time to learn but I am glad as I now can do many things on my own,” he said.

To find out more about the classes, visit Johor Baru Senior Citizens Association facebook page at https://web.facebook.com/pg/Persatuan-Warga-Emas-Johor-Bahru-197644657234902/about/?ref=page_internal

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