Handwritten notes are things of the past for 88 year old Theresa Hendry who, with the help of Churchill Retirement Living, can now use a computer to type and print letters.

Theresa lives in an apartment in Churchill Retirement Living’s Osborne Lodge, Bournemouth, and decided to take up computer lessons offered by the retirement housebuilder so that she could type a long letter to her former nursing colleagues who she trained with during the Second World War. Theresa said: “Every Christmas I like to write a letter to my friends and tell them about what I got up to during the year and I post it with a Christmas card. My handwriting is getting a little hard to read now so I thought it would be easier for my friends if I sent them a typed letter instead.”

For nine months, Theresa has been attending the weekly one hour computer lessons in the development’s Owners’ Lounge which are available to all apartment Owners. She said: “Many years ago I started a computer course at the local college but I had to stop, so I was delighted when I found out that there were courses available at the Lodge.”

As part of the computer course, Theresa learned how to use a keyboard, how to format Word documents and she also completes short tests each week. She added: “I really enjoy the classes and typing on the keyboard helps to keep my fingers mobile. One of the many benefits to living in a Churchill Retirement Living development are the regular social activities and it’s great to continue learning.”

Churchill Retirement Living offers its Owners the opportunity to take advantage of shared communal activities and join in with social events when they wish. Osbourne Lodge is a 54 one and two-bedroom retirement development on Poole Road and several apartments feature balconies, dressing rooms and en-suites.

For more information about the lifestyle available at Churchill Retirement Living, free phone 0800 458 1857 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk