They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but an ever increasing number of older people getting themselves online suggest that maybe the internet is just a new way of performing old tricks.

Today sees the ninth Silver Surfers day, a co-ordinated nationwide effort to encourage and help older people get online. Over 1,500 Silver Surfers’ Day events are planned at libraries, community centres, schools and many less obvious internet centres, all suitable for total novices and the majority completely free.

With technology becoming so important in our everyday lives even the most technophobe of grannies might find it hard to avoid understanding computers, the internet and how beneficial they can be. As Silver Surfers ambassador Dame Vera Lynn (now 83) explains “You are never too late to learn”.

The aim of Silver Surfers Day is educating and informing and appealing to those who had not given the internet a go before. The various events will help older people learn basic computer skills, how to send an email, scan a photograph, place an online order, play a quiz about health and wellbeing, download and listen to music, and how to use the Internet to find information and save money.

All events are listed at and information on local events is also available by phoning 0800 100 900.

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