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Ergonomics for Senior Computer Users.

Mike Clement, Work Health and Safety Advisor with Eurobodalla Shire Council, was guest speaker at the last EuroSCUG meeting at Moruya Golf Club. His talk was about ergonomics, a field of study that aims to reduce strain, fatigue, and injuries by improving posture and workspace arrangement.

Above: President Diane Hay with Mike Clement

He explained that the goal when using a computer is to sit in a comfortable, relaxed posture, not stretching or contracting muscles. Mr Clement said that when looking at the screen, your eyes should be level with a line about 10 cm from the top of the screen so that you can see the whole screen without moving your head.

Above: John Allen addressing a small group You should take a short break from the computer about every 20 minutes, to move around and do some exercises and stretches of the shoulders and neck. He answered various questions from the members and provided them with a set of exercises, and explained how the principles of ergonomics also apply to other activities, including lifting. At the next EuroSCUG meeting, at Moruya Golf Club at 10am on Wednesday 5 th July, two members of the Batemans Bay Telstra team will speak about the NBN and other telecommunication services. After morning tea, small groups will cover such topics as telecommunications, setting up Chromecast (a media streaming device that plugs into your tv), genealogy, ‘Handles and Frames’ and ‘Beginners’. A Help Desk will also be available. EuroSCUG meets at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month at Moruya Golf Club, and local area groups meet regularly in Batemans Bay, Moruya, Tuross Head and Narooma. Monthly tablet groups (iPad and Android) are also held. For more information visit our website at, or phone 0431 809 073.

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