Teaching the elderly a great idea

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong's ageing population has brought about many problems. Most elderly people have a lot of free time since they are not working.

What can they do to stay active?

I suggest they enrol in a computer course and learn how to use the internet.

They can obtain interesting information while surfing the Web, write e-mails to their friends and relatives and connect with the rest of the world. They can also make many new friends so they won't feel lonely.

They can buy a computer which is not too expensive nowadays.

I would like to teach these elderly people how to use the computer. I can communicate with them and learn how to be tolerant.

The elderly can learn new things if they take part in new activities. That way, they can make better use of their time.

Kira Lai, King Ling College

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Kira. What a wonderful idea! That is very kind of you to offer to teach the elderly how to use computers. I suggest that you get in touch with a local charitable organisation and offer your services.

I'm sure that the elderly would really appreciate being taught by an enthusiastic and enterprising student. And I'm sure you would get much satisfaction from the experience.

This is the season for sharing and caring. The South China Morning Post's charitable campaign, Operation Santa Claus, is in full swing. Check out tomorrow's newspaper for full details about schools that have been actively involved in fund-raising.

Kate, Editor