Alicante. Alicante City Council has launched a series of talks in neighborhoods to bring technology to more than 300 elderly people to reduce the ‘digital divide’ organized in the municipal digital strategy. Alicante is the future In collaboration with the Department of Seniors. This Monday, the Ciudad de Asis Senior Center hosted the first of eight talks attended by more than 40 seniors, which will also tour Tombola, Playas, Urbanova, Juan XXIII, La Florida and San Blas. Municipal sources, through a statement.
The next meetings will be this Thursday at the Playas Senior Center on Home Automation, on the 25th at La Florida on Mobile Phone Customization, on the 26th at Playas on Virtual Reality, and on the 3rd and 9th. , 14 and 22. ‘Mobile communication and customize your phone’ in Juan XXIII, Urbana, San Blas and Tombola respectively in November.
This Monday saw the first session of the Technology and the Elderly program, with talks on technology given at municipal senior centers, in collaboration with the Department of Geriatrics, adapted to the technology capabilities identified by the department at each center.
Around 40 seniors attended this first session at CMM Ciudad de Asís. This session will explain the functions of smartphone that can improve their daily life from recording a contact, sending audios through WhatsApp or controlling schedules using mobile alarm, taking medicines etc.
In some cases, participants do not have a smartphone and use cell phones without internet. However, as a general note, some basic functions such as searching for contacts to call or registering new ones were explained to them.
The same sources indicated that participants raised some reservations about using the mobile phone as a communication device, highlighting the digital divide. However, the level of knowledge and communication of these devices, whether through WhatsApp or video calls, is high, all as a result of the need to communicate with loved ones during the confinement caused by Covid. .
Programming in CERCA
On the other hand, the Consumer Resources Education Center of the Alicante City Council -Cerca-, located on the ground floor of the Central Market, presents a new programming of educational leisure activities for the last quarter of the year, offering courses, talks. , visits, discussions and workshops. These courses are both training and educational and are organized with the aim of entertaining users so that they acquire knowledge related to consumer rights, health, responsibility, healthy and sustainable consumption, new technologies, cooking, first aid and knowledge. According to municipal sources, new technologies.
The activities are organized by the Department of Consumption, Commerce and Markets headed by the Mayor Lydia LopezPromoting and rating the programming, “They are always well-received and provide comprehensive programming to consumers so that they can learn in a simple way, while also enjoying courses, excursions and leisure activities”.
The calendar of activities for the last quarter began on the first weekend of October, and the topics to be discussed were climate change, Generalitat Valenciana Health Application Management, Mobile Phone Management, Central Market Visits and Environmental Point.
In November, Parque La Marjal and Mercalicante will visit to raise awareness and promote sustainable practices, the environment, climate change, and cuisine. Finally, the theme for December closes the cycle with a Christmas theme.
All activities are free. The registration period started on September 20 and will last till December 31 online and in person at the ground floor of the market, from 9 am to 1 pm, on the website. https://www.alicante.es/es/tramites/solicitud-actividades-ocio-formativo-octubre-diciembre-2023
Consumer rights and healthy habits
Throughout the last quarter of 2023, Cerca offers several activities related to consumer rights and healthy habits. Every Monday from October 2nd to December 18th, the ‘Walk, Share and Live’ activity is taking place to promote healthy living with exercise.
On the other hand, on Mondays from 11 am to 12:30 pm, talks on ‘Aging Process and Health’ are organized to share knowledge and experiences. From October 3 to December 19, every Tuesday, a ‘Stretching and Relaxation Workshop’ is held at Serka. The program is complemented by a curriculum on ‘Pillars of Health and Wellbeing’ to create awareness about the importance of healthy, natural and wholesome food.
New technologies and bridging the digital divide
Every Thursday in October, November, and December from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Computer Cycle is offered to learn how to use everyday tools to help bridge the digital divide. In addition, there are two talks in October on managing the Ministry of Health application and learning how to make an appointment with your doctor and access treatments. Another course on new technologies was organized in November to learn how to use a mobile phone.