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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 17 September 2013 01:30 PM

Less than a third of over 65s in Wales (28.2%) are using the internet, according to figures we're issuing today.

Age Cymru is releasing the information during our annual ITea and Biscuits Week campaign.

ITea and Biscuits Week 2013 is running between 16 and 22 September to encourage older people to learn to use technology that can enhance their lives - such as the internet, digital cameras and smart phones.

Our Healthy Ageing Manager, Claire Bottomley, explains:

“These figures show that less than a third of older people in Wales are using the internet and that is a big concern for Age Cymru.

“Age Cymru runs ITea and Biscuits Week each year to encourage older people to discover and experiment with new technology, such as the internet - often for the first time.

“Technology really can be pivotal in life, allowing people to keep up to date with news and information and stay in contact with friends and relatives, which helps to combat loneliness and isolation.

“It can also open the doors to better financial and shopping deals, keeping in touch with family and friends as well as broadening access to useful services such as Universal Credit and local authority services.”

Technology classes for older people being held in many parts of Wales during ITea and Biscuits Week.

You can call 08000 223 444 to find out if there is an ITea and Biscuits Week event near you.

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444