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New Directions Waterloo Park Crosby Zena Caffey, age97, sends her first e-mail to her son in Australia watched by the youngest member of staff Leah Rosindale who introduced her to e-mailing

KEYING IN TO A NEW WORLD: Zena Coffey with her tutor, Leah Rosindale

FORGET pen and paper – it’s now emails and Skype for Zena Coffey, who has just joined the digital age at the grand age of 98.

Her first email message was pinged to her son living in Australia – and minutes later she was all smiles after getting his reply.

Now she plans to harness the benefits of IT and keep in touch with her children and other relatives by email in future, as well as using Skype to talk face to face.

Zena attends Waterloo Park Day Centre in Merseyside, run by leading adult social care provider New Directions. And it was the centre’s youngest member of staff, Leah Rosindale, who guided Zena through her training.

Centre manager James Walmsley said: “Zena has been one of our regulars for many years now and is very popular. She is renowned for her positive outlook on life, and for overcoming any setbacks she faces.”

The day service provided by the centre – which has places available – helps people to get out and about and socialise and to continue living independently, as well as providing respite care for their families.

www.ndirections.co.uk