Silver surfers in Bishopstoke have shown they are as willing as younger people to embrace new technology.

Residents at Anchor’s Orchard Gardens care home in Bishopstoke Park have been using their iPad to play games and look after virtual pets.

Orchard Gardens Activities Champion Hana Fincher said residents and their relatives were thrilled about the iPad as it opened up so many opportunities for them.

She said: “Many of the residents have never used an iPad before so they are looking forward to having a cup of coffee while learning how to use the tablet.

“A recent trial in several other Anchor care homes showed that using iPads had a hugely positive impact on residents’ lives. They provide further occasions for meaningful activity which are fun and can be shared with other residents or carers.

“As well as learning new skills, or finding new high tech ways to continue a hobby, iPads have been used by residents to keep in touch with long distance family members via email or skype or emailing photos to them.

“Almost everyone regardless of age has access to technology at home now, so why not residents at Orchard Gardens?”

Hana said the carers were enjoying using the iPads in new ways to freshen popular activities.

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