In Bad Vilbel (nearby Frankfurt/Main), Germany, a working group called Begegnungen digital und analog (digital and analog encounters)
has come together to open up the digital world to older people. A series of events are planned over the next months to give older people the opportunity to learn and improve their use of digital technologies. The series of events aims to strengthen the social participation of older people with the help of digital skills. Accordingly, the events will address topics such as video conferencing and the use of apps to take advantage of public transport or online banking.
The kick-off event of the lecture series on digital topics for older people took place on 12 July 2021. Lidia Burhard from the Senior Citizens’ Office in Bad Vilbel
led the event. The number of participants was limited to 40 due to Covid-19, although the interest and the number of registrations were much higher.
Offers of the Neighbourhood Association Bad Vilbel
to support older people in using digital technologies were presented at the event. Angelika Welscher, a volunteer of the Neighbourhood Association, presented an overview of useful applications of digital technologies in her lecture using the example of planning a holiday trip. She also presented a variety of other helpful tips for everyday life. In addition to the lecture, Jana Eckert presented the most important information and aims of Bridge the Gap!
and distributed the fact sheet to those interested. She also informed about the planned workshops to be held in Bad Vilbel and invited the audience to participate.
We are looking forward to test the BTG training in Bad Vilbel soon.