Adding life to years
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Digital Competence training has been started in order to get older adults to participate more effectively in social life and to increase inclusiveness!
The pandemic, which the world has been struggling with for 2 years, and rapidly developing digital technologies have changed the traditional structures and methods of life, from learning styles to working conditions. Now, holidays are celebrated with video phone calls, students attend classes on the computer, and grocery shopping is done without leaving home.

People aged 65 and over however can often not benefit from the advantages of this digital age. According to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK), internet usage is common among 79 percent of the general population. This rate however drops to 27.1 among older citizens. In light of this disparity, Muratpaşa Municipality in Antalya started a training program entitled ‘Digital Competence’ to improve the digital skills of older people and remove barriers to accessing digital services. The training program for women aged 65 and over is carried out with the SENEX Association for Aging Studies under the coordination of Antalya cityLAB.

The program consists of 5 modules and will continue for 6 weeks. We aim to enable older women to access the services provided in digital formats. With the completion of the program, they will be able to access e-government applications and use digital banking and learn how to make video calls with their relatives.

Key facts

Main target group: Only older women

Other target group(s): older wolmen who living alone

Sector(s): Education, Information and communication, Social protection

Desired outcome for older people:

Other issues the Age-friendly practice aims to address:
  • Ageism
  • Accessibility
  • Dementia
  • Healthy behaviours (e.g. physical activity)
  • Inclusion
  • Participation
  • Technologies

Contact details

Name: Vural Korkmaz

Email address:

Age-friendly practice in detail (click to expand):

Engaging the wider community

Project lead: Local authorities

Others involved in the project:
  • Local authorities
  • Civil Society Organisation

Older people’s involvement: Older people were involved in the age-friendly practice at multiple or all stages

Moving forward

Has the impact of this age-friendly practice been analysed: No

Do you plan to evaluate your age-friendly practice? Yes

They have gained self-confidence. They are not feeling lonely and are able to meet their simple needs.

Expansion plans:
Yes, we will continue to offer training at different older people’s centers.

Looking back

Many older woman did not have any digital devices (tablet, computer or smart phones). The municipality helped to provide these devices.