With our Hertswise dementia hubs closed and face-to-face meetings limited, Bill and Mary were stuck with options on how to meet their friends.

When asked whether they were confident online, Mary laughed and said: “I’m not up on all this technology stuff.”

As meeting other people physically was most likely not an option, the Hertswise Team lent Bill and Mary a tablet, donated from Age UK Hertfordshire.

The team help them set up the tablet and downloaded apps such as Colouring by Numbers, Emails and Zoom. Getting the hang of it all was a bit tricky at first for them both, but with help from Hertswise they we soon able to join their local dementia hub virtually via Zoom.

Mary said: “It was really good being able to see other people’s faces, and Bill enjoyed having chats with another chap, which made a nice change.”

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