DON’T be scared and don’t be too proud to ask for help when it comes to computers.
That’s the advice from 84-year-old Frank Tynan from Berry, who is the editor of the Shoalhaven PC Users Group newsletter.
A consultant for many years with US company Kepner Tregoe, Mr Tynan had a secretary do his work and never needed to use computers.
But on retiring he realised he had to do things himself and that meant learning how to master a computer and its programs.
That realisation even led to him now going back to TAFE to study IT.
There are also a number of local computer groups in which people can get involved.
“And don’t be afraid to come along and ask for help – they are all willing to help,” he said.
“There are a host of clubs across the Shoalhaven.
“I took on this job as editor of the magazine on the undertaking that they showed me how and what to do – all the time I was learning new skills.
“A lot of older people get computers from their kids or grandkids; it’s like the old days when you got hand-me-down clothes – nowadays it’s computers.
“They want to be able to communicate with their families, swap emails and photos and even Skype.
“Just because we are old don’t assume we are dumb.
“Many people have had extremely interesting and productive careers and have done some amazing things but haven’t used computers.
“I encourage everyone to learn about computers, it opens up a whole new world.
“Honestly it is as easy, if not easier, than driving a car.
“Don’t be afraid of asking what you might think are silly or dumb questions. People at such computer groups aren’t afraid to help – and after a few lessons you soon get confidence.”