SWITCHED ON: Jean Lehmann read eBooks on her tablet.
SWITCHED ON: Jean Lehmann read eBooks on her tablet.

94-year-young Sunshine Coast woman enjoys digital age

JEAN Lehmann is 94 and, having recently given up croquet, she decided she needed something else in her life and bought an iPad.

Now she's playing Scrabble, enjoying the Internet, downloading eBooks from the free Sunshine Coast library system, and blowing up the print size so she can read them.

Originally from Bendigo, where she served as a WAAAF during World War Two, Jean (pictured) has lived at Buderim Gardens Retirement Village for 24 years.

"Croquet at Headland/Buderim Croquet club was wonderful," Jean told Seniors.

"Great company, gentle exercise, fresh air, interesting tactics requiring skill and concentration.

"Because of declining energy, however, I had to give it up.

"My eyesight and my hearing have never been good and I attended a meeting in January at the Maroochy Library to learn about the possibility of using OverDrive and downloading eBooks from the library.

"Since then the library's technical officers have been a great help.

"I am very grateful."

Digital instruction is only one of the many programs and resources Sunshine Coast Libraries is offering for the Over-50s during Seniors Week (August 13-21).

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said among them were Instagram for Senior's - Hashtag Your Holiday sessions to be presented by technology business consultants Smile I.T.

"Instagram is a fabulous way to share photos and videos of your travel and family moments," she said.

"Seniors can learn how to use this social media app and discover the basics of uploading, filtering photos and hash tagging.

"The community is also invited to join in the As I Age conversation by writing statements and thoughts about the journey of ageing on two interactive modular 2m x 2m chalk boards at Caloundra and Nambour library branches.

"Other activities include technology tutorials, Lifehack, Living Backyards, Feng Shui, Astrology and Numerology, Retirement Villages, Supercharge Your Income, Basic Bike Maintenance and Save Your Sight sessions across the region.

"These are just some of the exciting events which are happening across the Coast.

"With everything from dance workshops with the Queensland Ballet to craft and collectables displays - there is definitely something to suit everyone."

She said the library events were being funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and supported by COTA Queensland.

"Bookings are essential as morning or afternoon tea will be provided," she said.

Event details at council's library website.

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