Living Connected, an organisation founded by academics who are also senior citizens, has joined forces with St Vincent de Paul to improve digital literacy of older Australians.

ABS data has shown only one per cent of over 65yearolds are internet users, compared to the national average of just under 85 per cent. The program aims to help to bridge this gap.

One of the founders of Living Connected, Professor Helen Hasan, found there are three key areas where older people want to use technology.

“One is to be more in control of their life… the second was to have something meaningful to do… and the other thing is just keeping connected with their family and friends,” she said.

The program runs every Wednesday at the Stain Vincent de Paul in Coniston. Anyone over 50 who wants to improve their skills in technology are invited to attend.