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You can do IT in later life

December 2007


You can do IT is a regular feature of aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web. 

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring.  

Jackie has also written several books - you can find more details about these by clicking here. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.

Via Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too. Why not email her


December 2007


Social networking

If you like the idea of 'chatting' to people of a certain age over the Internet, there are now a variety of websites you can visit. Many are in the US, but there are also a few here in the UK.

In case you were not aware of it, Laterlife has its very own forum at the Laterlife Cafe This is a simple message board system where you can click to follow the thread of the discussion and add your own comments or start a new topic yourself. There is no registration system and you can simply dip in whenever you like.

When you do comment, adding your personal email in the box provided will allow others to communicate with you, but you may prefer to keep your details private and just see your entry appear on the website.


Saga Zone -

is a new network set up in June 2007 by Saga. Registering is free and simple, and you will be sent an email to click that will activate your account. After creating a short profile with as much, or as little information about yourself as you like to include photos, you can send and receive messages or join one of the forums.

These come under a range of headings such as Community, Health, Money, Home and Travel and these break down into hundreds of different specialist groups including memories, events, life changes, inventing limericks, arts & crafts and the Men's room. Click a link to read all the entries and then click Reply or start your own topic.


Age Concern - 

Age Concern has had its website up and running for a number of years and offers a wide range of forums including the Baby Boomers Bistro Chat pages that contain a virtual potting shed and members lounge.

This whole site uses a far more limited and visually unexciting message board system, but it is very simple to register and then visit on a regular basis. It is certainly a good place to raise issues of concern and get genuinely helpful and friendly advice on problems such as uploading your digital camera pictures or getting rid of viruses. The forums range from the Chat pages to Research, Gardening, Living Room, Employment and Money.




Eons -


is an American site set up by Jeff Taylor of (a careers and jobs website) which appears to have much content of value to the UK Over 50s. You add a profile and join groups on subjects such as Diet & Fitness, Investing, Home & Garden, Romance and Technology.

Once you have registered – you will need a US zip code for this – add your own photo or choose one of theirs instead and then fill in a few boxes about yourself and your interests. After your details are up, search the groups and join in your first discussion. Scroll down the messages and click the Post link if you want to reply to anything you read.

 "One excellent aspect of the site is that it offers you the chance to
improve your mental agility by playing a range of brain-stimulating
memory games."


TeeBeeDee -  is another American site aimed at the Over 40s where you can discuss a range of subjects and find friends to contact by clicking the directory link.

It might be hard to join in a discussion about the latest TV programs if you don't see the same material, but there are many topics of common interest across the world including politics, jobs, marriage, humour and, literally, sex and rock & roll.



My Chums Club –  is a networking site for those happy to pay ?50 to register and an, as yet, undisclosed annual fee. The reason for the costs is that, if you join, the originators say: "you will meet new people of like minds in an environment that is quite different from that of the free-to-register sites of other social networks. Our site is highly protected and has stimulating content. We carry no advertising and we check each application to keep away those undesirables who inhabit the web sites of other social networks."

The articles appear to be freely available to all browsers, but the forums will presumably be restricted to members.

I decided not to part with ?50 to join, so any readers who have done so – please write in and let me know if it is worth the money.






View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers

For a wealth of books on the web and IT generally, visit Amazon and under the books section select Computers and Internet.

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