This is the third in my series of interviews for the Centre for Ageing Better with older people on how they use technology. I met Shirley and Graham at their home in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire. Thank you to Sophia, their granddaughter for making it happen. The video of the interview is at the foot of the post.
- Shirley first got involved in new technologies when she got involved in managing a local After School Club;
- She had to learn to use spreadsheets to manage the finances of the club;
- Shirley really enjoyed learning to use IT;
- Shirley uses the internet to buy things;
- Shirley’s oldest daughter lives in Canada and she loves to talk to her grandchildren there via Skype;
- She does her banking online;
- Shirley is thinking of buying a tablet so she can use it when she is on holiday;
- She really appreciates facilities like eBay which she can use quickly to buy a replacement saucepan when she has burnt one on the hob;
- Having access to the internet means Shirley can learn something new every day;
- Shirley believes that all older people should give the internet a go;
- She believes that the internet is very much better than the TV. “There’s nothing on the TV these days except repeats and Attenborough”;
- Shirley loves YouTube and uses it to watch old episodes of “Top Gear” and “Open All Hours”;
- She has recently purchased a VHS player as this is the only way to be able to watch her granddaughter (Sophia)’s childhood dance classes;
- Shirley loves “spying” on the younger members of her family via Facebook;
- She has a digital photo frame which she loves transferring photos to.
- Graham used to work for BT International. In the mid-1980’s he was invited to a conference on the Internet, but he didn’t have time to take interest;
- Ever since he has studiously avoided anything to do with his previous employer;
- Just recently, he has been persuaded by Shirley to learn how to do online banking as their local bank branch has closed.