“Before Machashava Tova, my heart ached every time my granddaughter asked me - ‘Grandma, how come you don’t know what to do?’ And now, I’m the one teaching her!”

Matana Mizrahi, 73 from Jerusalem, graduate of the Senior Digital Literacy Course, Digital Photo Album Workshop, Smartphone Workshop, and more.

In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, where technology is updated daily, senior citizens often have difficulty overcoming technological gaps and coping with everyday tasks. This difficulty causes them to feel irrelevant, pushed to the margins of society. Internet usage has a strong correlation to strengthening social abilities, reducing feelings of loneliness, and increasing feelings of positivity toward active aging.

Machshava Tova uses technology as a tool to bridge social gaps. In this process, the challenge of technology becomes an opportunity, and the computer becomes an interesting and fun tool. Participants strengthen their sense of self-worth and ability. They find new opportunities to strengthen their social circle and better integrate into society, while developing personal and technological knowledge that they can even share with others.

At Machshava Tova, we believe that introducing senior citizens to technology is a profession! When communicating and explaining technological content to seniors requires more than just speaking loudly and slowly. Since 2018, Machshava Tova has operated programs as part of a National Initiative to Advance Digital Literacy among senior citizens as a means of promoting active aging. The initiative is a joint venture between the Ministry of Social Equality, the Headquarters for the National Digital Israel Initiative, and JDC-Eshel.

As part of the project, Machshava Tova operated 46 groups throughout Israel, and specialized in the field of technological training for senior citizens, assisted by professionals from the fields of technology and senior citizens. As a result, a curriculum was developed that places the participant at the center and introduces them to technological tools from their areas of interest, adapted to their needs.

In our fast-paced and ever-changing world, where technology is updated daily, senior citizens often have difficulty overcoming technological gaps and coping with everyday tasks. This difficulty causes them to feel irrelevant, pushed to the margins of society. Internet usage has a strong correlation to strengthening social abilities, reducing feelings of loneliness, and increasing feelings of positivity toward active aging.

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Machshava Tova uses technology as a tool to bridge social gaps. In this process, the challenge of technology becomes an opportunity, and the computer becomes an interesting and fun tool. Participants strengthen their sense of self-worth and ability. They find new opportunities to strengthen their social circle and better integrate into society, while developing personal and technological knowledge that they can even share with others.

At Machshava Tova, we believe that introducing senior citizens to technology is a profession! When communicating and explaining technological content to seniors requires more than just speaking loudly and slowly. Since 2018, Machshava Tova has operated programs as part of a National Initiative to Advance Digital Literacy among senior citizens as a means of promoting active aging. The initiative is a joint venture between the Ministry of Social Equality, the Headquarters for the National Digital Israel Initiative, and JDC-Eshel.

As part of the project, Machshava Tova operated 46 groups throughout Israel, and specialized in the field of technological training for senior citizens, assisted by professionals from the fields of technology and senior citizens. As a result, a curriculum was developed that places the participant at the center and introduces them to technological tools from their areas of interest, adapted to their needs.

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Digital Literacy Course for Beginning/ Advanced Learners

The course includes learning basic computer skills, developing confidence when using the computer, and introduction to and experience with useful tools on the computer and internet. Participants learn to carry out useful, daily activities using a computer, tablet, or smartphone, improving their quality of life.

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Together at Home

This is a dedicated, online community platform designed for senior citizens for distance learning and as a way to alleviate feelings of loneliness. On the website, live broadcasts are available daily through ZOOM. Classes are held at fixed hours on a variety of topics, with an emphasis on technology. The unique content is developed by Machshava Tova and the classes are taught by our instructors who have vast experience in adapting content and training senior citizens. The instructors are assisted by a cadre of amazing volunteers who helped launch and operate the site.

Programs

My Smartphone Workshop for Beginners/ Advanced Learners

Participants learn how to effectively operate a personal smartphone, helping them improve their daily lives and leisure time through access to information and activities. A dedicated workbook accompanies the course. participants

Zoom Workshop for Computer and Smartphone

In one or two meetings, participants learn to take part in discussions and lectures using the Zoom app on a computer or mobile device. They also learn how to set background designs, initiate Zoom calls, and more.

Digital Photo Album Creation Workshop

Workshop participants learn how to easily design a digital photo album, which will help them preserve memories of their family and grandchildren, trips abroad, and wedding photos. At the end of the workshop, the participants will receive the albums that they created.

Social Benefits Workshop

This workshop will focus on online services relevant to senior citizens so that they can improve their ability to effectively access their benefits, while simultaneously becoming more aware of these rights and more able to realize these rights online.

For more details, please contact Gilad Shubert, Director of People with Disabilities and Senior Citizens nayad@mtova.org.il