Technology Basics

Are you comfortable using computers, social network sites, and technologies that help you communicate and connect with your family and friends? Basic technology guides below may help you use some of these platforms to socially connect with others even if you are in self-isolation.

This website provides older adults with a step-by-step guide to using computers (e.g., the Internet, email) and trouble-shooting common technology issues. PDF documents are provided for those who prefer hardcopy resources. #international #free-of-charge

The website provides step-by-step guidelines on how to search for information using Google. #international #free-of-charge


Facebook is a social network site that enables you to connect with your friends and family online. You can send messages and share pictures and information on Facebook. #international

Twitter is a social networking site where you can post messages and interact with messages posted by others. You can follow people, groups, organizations, and media to learn about what is happening around the world. #international #free-of-charge

This site gives beginners guides to using Gmail, from creating an account to composing and sending emails, to blocking unwanted emails. #international #free-of-charge


This YouTube link shows you how to search for and install apps on your iPhone. #international #free-of-charge #iPhone compatible


Looking for goods, services, directions or even deals? This site provides information on what's available within your area and all you have to do is type in your location and what you are looking for. #Canada #free-of-charge

This website provides guidelines on how to buy online. This information may help older adults with limited mobility to purchase their essential goods online. #international

The site educates how to download Spotify for a variety of devices. The app is free to download, and there’s no additional cost for playing music. #international #free-of-charge


This detailed guide on common digital traps provides reliable information about financial and other scams targeting older adults including what to look for, how to protect your older adult parents, and what to do if they have been scammed. #international

Check out this Internet Safety Guide For Seniors which has helpful information and tips for seniors on how to safely and securely use the internet. #international #free-of-charge

Check out this detailed and insightfuk guide on online safety for older adults. #international #free-of-charge

Skype is a free communication tool that enables "distant socializing" - video chat, voice calls, etc. This website provides a step-by-step guide to setting it up, finding your friends and family, texting, and voice calls. Learn on YouTube
 here#international #free-of-charge

This website provides video tutorials on how to join a Zoom meeting, how to schedule a Zoom meeting, navigating meeting controls and more. #international #free-of-charge

Instagram is a social networking site where you can share photos and videos with your friends and family. #international #free-of-charge

This site has free online resources to help everyday people get the most from their home broadband, using language that's easy to understand - even if you're not especially tech savvy. The site includes a guide on how folks can improve their internet speed at home. #free-of-charge

This BBC News page provides step-by-step guidelines on how to video call using different type of apps through your Android phone or iPhone, iPad or Mac. This information may help seniors to stay stay connected with their family and friends. #international #free-of-charge

This YouTube link shows you how to search for and install apps on your Android phone. 
#international #free-of-charge #Android compatible


Shaw is providing free WIFI to support Canadians stay connected to the workplace, family and friends. This service provides opportunities for seniors to stay connected with their family and friends. 
#Western Canada