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Age UK's Itea and Biscuits Week: 17-23 September 2012

Penny Smith urges people to pass on technology know-how to older friends and family

Age UK and Penny Smith have joined forces to encourage everyone who uses technology, from tech 'geeks' to relative novices, to pass on their knowledge of technology to an older friend, family member or neighbour. Smith is working with Age UK ahead of 'Itea and Biscuits Week' (17-23 September 2012), the charity's annual campaign to offer people in later life the chance to learn about all kinds of technology and find out about the benefits they could be missing out on.

The week, now in its fifth year, also sees hundreds of 'taster sessions' taking place across the country that will provide a basic knowledge of technology like the Internet and digital cameras. They will also show how it can be used to try new hobbies, find bargains and keep in touch with loved ones. As well as encouraging older people to attend events during the week, Age UK Ambassador Smith is calling on those who already have some knowledge of technology to pass it on to someone older.

With 73% of people aged 65+ saying they do not regularly use the internet[i] and 95% saying they have never used a smart phone[ii], the week represents a great opportunity for people to discover digital technology and the plethora of benefits that come with it.

Broadcaster Penny Smith said: "If you connect to the Internet, you connect to the world. So if you know your dongle from your mouse, please help an older person you know to get online during itea and biscuits week."

David Mortimer, Head of Digital Inclusion at Age UK, said: "Technology like the Internet and smart phones really can offer something for everyone. Age UK runs Itea and Biscuits Week to help older people discover and experiment with new technology, allowing people to find out what life-changing benefits it can offer.

"Over 5.5 million people aged 65+ have never been online, so we're calling on anyone who knows how to use technology to pass on their knowledge of the Internet, smart phones, tablets or digital cameras to an older person they know. There's no need to be a technology guru, just basic knowledge could really make a difference to someone's life."

For more information about the week visit www.ageuk.org.uk/itea-and-biscuits or call 0800 169 65 65.

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