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Campus for seniors set to bridge digital gap

A NEW campus of the Shanghai University of the Elderly opened yesterday, aiming to bridge the technology gap between young and old.

Located in the Shanghai Science and Technology Art Education Center on Zhongshan Road W., it offers training in tablets, digital cameras, smart TVs and even games consoles to help seniors adopt the digital life.

While the university has offered courses in computers before, organizers see a need for training in smartphones, tablets and other everyday digital devices that can be daunting to some older people.

About 60 people aged between 50 and 80 years old have signed up.

Among those is Bao Aiyi, 62, who said she’s attending so that she can communicate more easily with her son and daughter, who don’t live nearby.

“The children have busy work schedules and don’t have time to visit. Now, I can leave a message on QQ or hold a video conversation to see them,” Bao said.

“Education for older people needs to keep pace with modern technologies so that our senior citizens can feel integrated with today’s life,” said Zheng Lingde, president of Shanghai University of the Elderly.

Shanghai has the highest proportion of older people among China’s cities, with one in four registered residents aged over 60, added Zheng.


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