Google Enables Mobile For the Elders
“I’m too old!”, “You do it for me lah!” and “Why is it so confusing?” are common phrases that we’ve heard our parents, aunts and uncles and even grandparents say at some point or another. Sitting down and troubleshooting or teaching them can, at times, be quite irritating or infuriating. But that’s not keeping Google from doing exactly that.
Recently at the YMCA Kuala Lumpur, Google hosted an event called Google Cafe for Seniors. The event aimed at educating our lovely seniors on how to use some of the most common apps we find on any device: Google Apps. The Google Apps suite has become some of the most-used apps in the world regardless of platform or operating system. These include Google Search, Google Maps, GMail, Google Calendar, YouTube and much more.
Google Malaysia’s workshop centred around the theme of Search, Plan, Travel and Photos and was attended by 30 participants aged 55 to 75 years. The session covered everything starting from the basics: searching for apps (on Google Play). Google’s own Android operating system is the most prolific operating system in Malaysia particularly among the seniors. This is both due to the accessibility of the devices and also the dominance of brands such as OPPO, Samsung and Huawei in the Malaysian market. They also covered the creating appointments with Google Calendar and getting around on Google Maps. By the end of the basic session, these seniors were Google superheroes!
It came as no surprise that the seniors were even more delighted in their next session focused on Travel. The session focused on Google Flights, Google Trips Travel Planner and Google Translate. The main objective of this session was to allow the seniors to explore searching for cheap flights, explore destinations and even sign up for fare alerts. They also used Google Trips Travel Planner to get suggestions for day itineraries, nearby highlights and food spots.
Using Google Photos, the seniors also learned how to preserve their memories and precious photos using the scanning feature. In fact, they even learnt how to sort and organise their memories.
“Today’s event shows you’re never too old to learn about useful technology, and it’s never too late to acquaint oneself with the apps and tools on your smart devices to make your day smoother, more productive and fun!”
Zeffri Yusof, head of communications at Google Malaysia.
The seniors’ enthusiasm was palpable and their willingness to learn was only matched by their curiosity. They were so eager to find out the ins and outs of their devices. Some even found out that their devices couldn’t support the latest apps. The workshop highlighted the evergreen, young spirit in our seniors. It definitely highlights the ability of our seniors to learn new things if we take the time to teach them.