Get your folks online

Keeping your mind active is key to living a long healthy life, particularly for those who find themselves recently retired. Continuing to train your mind and up-skilling yourself in new ways is a great way to achieve this.

Getting up to speed with some digital skills in today's day and age is a must and can be a fantastic way to feel up to date with current affairs.

We recently came across a great site that helps do exactly this. Get Your Folks Online is designed to help our older folks get a grip on how and why to use the internet.

Google and Age Action have teamed up to create free bite-size courses that you can take them through, step-by-step. There’s everything from how to use a mouse, right up to trickier things like making Skype calls, searching for shows on the RTÉ Player or even ordering the groceries online.

And before you know it, they’ll be up and running and chuffed you took the time to share your know-how.

Created by Age Action, the content on the site is friendly and easy to walk through with an older loved one, if you think they will need a helping hand getting started.


There are lots of other brilliant sites and apps that can help people to continue to learn. If you’re interested in learning a new language or brushing up on one you’ve learned years ago, you can check out Duolingo. You can use it as an app on your phone/iPad or from their website on your laptop. It’s completely free and you can set daily targets to help keep yourself on track. From 37 different languages to choose one, you’re bound to find one that takes your fancy!


Or if you’re looking to use your time to teach someone else your native language there’s a brilliant site call that you can sign up to as a tutor and start teaching people in your own time, while earning additional money.


If you’ve got someone who loves a challenge and wants to learn more about Computer Science, the best app we’ve found that teaches you everything you need to know in bite-size courses is Mimo! Mimo is an app that teaches computer science in a fun and interactive way.


Or if your looking to dive into something a little more formal, Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.

Whatever they decide to try their hand at, getting online and showing your folks the ropes is a great way to keep in touch and learn new skills they never thought possible.

Be there for an older loved one, from anywhere.