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Keeping in touch

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Learning to get online and how to use the internet are important modern skills

Many older people have felt there was no need for them to learn about the technology, or just felt that the world had passed them by. But this is changing rapidly. The most rapid take up of smart phones, tablets and computers is now amongst the older generation… and why not.

Action for Elders is fully supporting programmes to help you to understand just what is available and to make it much easier for you to get online. Our particular emphasis is not the technology itself but on helping you to keep in touch with family and friends. In particular, we are encouraging our members to explore the world of video calling to help them escape from isolation and get back in contact with old friends and their families.

How to make a video call

What is video calling?

Making a video call involves using a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer so that you can see the people you are talking to.

It’s a nice way to make a call because you can see the person you are talking to

What do I need to make a video call?

  • To make a call or receive one, you will need a smart mobile phone, a tablet, a laptop or a desktop computer (a device).
  • You will also need an internet connection of some kind. These can be as simple as a monthly mobile package, or as complicated as home connections which have to be installed by companies such as BT.
  • We also recommend some basic support or training to help you to make your first calls. A bit like anything, once you make a few calls and get confident with what you are doing, you will wonder why you waited.
video call on a tablet
family on skype call

What if I am worried about the cost and difficulty of learning something new?

First, understand that you are not alone in worrying about how much this might cost, or how complicated it will be to use it.

Luckily, they are a lot less complicated to use than they were in the past,and, with good advice and a little planning, there is no reason why you cant avoid the pitfalls of costs that are too high or equipment that is more than you need.

Next steps

Talk to friends and family about what you want to do and find out what is the most easily available.

Ask what other people use. They can prove invaluable as “experts” who can help you later and, in the shorter term, can make you aware of any pitfalls and problems they may have met, so that you can avoid them.

If you do have access to a computer already, then this may be your chance to investigate too.

Making different types of video calls

Video calls on an Apple phone
Face Time
Video Calling on an "Android" phone
WhatsApp video calls
Facebook Messenger calls
Making a video call on a PC
Making a Skype call
Making a call using Zoom

Why we focus on the problems of old age

Many old people suffer from loneliness and inactivity. Worse still, they are frequently viewed as being less important than other adults.

Research shows us that all of us can live better lives in old age if we are more mobile and have the opportunity to talk and meet with other people. This is why we put so much effort into our programmes for physical, mental and social programmes.

Contact us

Email: info@actionforelders.org.uk

Phone: 030 330 30132

Post: Supporter Care Team, Action for Elders, Elfed House, Oak Tree Court, Mulberry Drive, Cardiff Gate, Cardiff CF23 8RS

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