Maureen Maguire and June O'Sullivan with the new photocopier at Meals on Wheels. Photo Renee Pilcher / The Gympie Times
Maureen Maguire and June O'Sullivan with the new photocopier at Meals on Wheels. Photo Renee Pilcher / The Gympie Times Renee Pilcher

Great grandmother overcomes tech troubles at 82

"My great grandson, at five year old, could teach me more than I knew," Maureen Maguire said of her technology knowledge.

The 82-year-old got her first computer as a gift from her son 12 years ago.

"I had been learning the computer, got myself up to scratch and everything was going marvellous," Maureen said.

"Then all of a sudden they started updating the computers - updating Windows, updating something else and you had to learn it all over again."

Maureen has kept up-to-date and today owns an iPad.

"I used my iPad for everything from checking accounts to emails.

"I have had to ask my son-in-law to help with updates and show me things I couldn't understand.

"I have since updated it ... again ... but now instead of actual words I am seeing symbols - like they don't know how to spell any more, which I am finding difficult.

"I used to do Facebook but gave it away because it wasn't interesting and had better things to do - some people just put up some stupid stuff but I didn't play that game."

The great grandmother said the iPad was great for contacting family.

"I am seeing my family use it for everything from finding a phone number to a recipe - they even speak into their phones to find something - the world is a very different place."

 

Gympie Meals on Wheels 45 years Maureen Maguire and Fay Doyle. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times
Gympie Meals on Wheels 45 years Maureen Maguire and Fay Doyle. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times Renee Albrecht

As a young employee, Maureen work in an office.

"Things have certainly changed since then," she said.

"I used to have to write everything out repeatedly or make carbon copies - photocopying is just lovely - I even have one at home.

"I have been a member of the Gympie Senior Citizens Centre for 25, 30 years and did the books for many years.

"The technology has certainly changed many things for groups like ours.

"To me it seems to take longer putting details into the computer as what I would of done if I wrote the accounts out and posted them.

"I still don't send money over the net, I have heard too many stories of oldies who have lost their money, but I also like to see what I want to buy and do my banking personally."

Although Maureen has kept up with the technology times, she still likes to pick up her hard copy of the Seniors Wide Bay newspaper and gets the Gympie Times delivered.


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