Waterloo resident Zena proves you’re never too old to join digital age!

A pensioner has proved you are never too old to join the digital age after sending her first email at the age of 97!

Zena Coffey, who attends Waterloo Park Day Centre, now has new computer skills after receiving IT training from the centre’s youngest member of staff, Leah Rosindale.

Zena decided to send the inaugural message to her son in Australia, and was delighted that it reached the destination Down Under without a problem, and that she received a speedy reply from him!

Now she plans to harness the benefits of IT and keep in touch with her children and other relatives by email in future, as well as talking on the telephone and corresponding by letter in the traditional way. Staff at Waterloo Park are also planning to acquire a webcam and suitable software to enable Zena and other service users to talk face to face with family and friends via Skype.

Zena, who will be 98 in a few weeks, was born in 1919 – 25 years before the ballpoint pen became widely available.

However, it’s far from her first flirtation with modern culture as her friends were surprised to discover that she is a secret admirer of the music of Status Quo!

Waterloo Park Service Manager, James Walmsley, said: “Zena has been one of our regulars for many years and is a very popular member of the team.

“She is renowned for her positive outlook on life, and for overcoming any setbacks she faces.

“Her determination to continue learning new things, even as she approaches her 98th birthday, is an inspiration to us all.”

Waterloo Park, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, was set up by Sefton Council but has been run by New Directions since 2007.

Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association in Bootle secure computer course grant

Elderly residents from Bootle who say “I’m hopeless on computers” have no excuses any more after £10,000 was spent on a new course to teach them the basics!

Members of Mill Spring Court Resident’s Association successfully applied for a Big Lottery grant, with the money to help pay for a ‘digital inclusion course’.

This will be set-up next month at Mill Spring Court for anyone at the accommodation looking to touch up their computer skills.

Group member Alan Davis said: “This course is specifically for older people living in the accommodation who want to learn about using a computer for the likes of emails and the internet.

“The old saying is ‘I’m hopeless on computers’ and this was the reason for it. We have regular meetings and bingo and people are always saying how they wish they were better on computers.

“It was actually suggested to us by One Vision Housing who said we should apply for money to set up the course.”