Keys of Healthy Aging: January 30, 2011

Whether it’s a wedding, a birthday, a new baby, or a graduation, we often turn to cards to express our feelings. “I’m learning so much and I’m so excited on cards because I love to send people cards but just buying them is just not the same as getting something that is already made by someone,” says 87 year old Betty Gardner.

Creating a digital greeting card is just one of the things that Gardner is learning how to do at SHARE Club’s computer class. “There is so much to learn and the instructors are absolutely fabulous. They know their work and they have a way of presenting it to you so that you know how to do it and everything.”

It’s this one-on-one coaching and the classroom atmosphere that have helped her gain computer confidence at home. “Very definitely!” she laughs. “As a matter of fact, I have already started that. “I’m getting to the point through the classes that I am not afraid to try something a little bit on my own.”

Researchers have recently discovered that learning new things such as computer technology can keep the mind sharp and memory problems at bay as we grow older. “They’re never too old to start,” says SHARE Club coach, Terry Decker. “Even those that don’t know how to type, we have a lot of one-finger hunt and peckers, so you don’t have to know how to type.”

SHARE Club computer classes are held at Cape Coral Hospital and Lee Memorial Hospital. If you’re interested in learning more, you can call 239 772-6765.