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Think you can’t code? Take a cue from this 81-year-old woman

Wakamiya has served 43 years in bank and familiarized herself with computers just 20 years ago. It’s surprising, given the fact that many people born in this era of computers find coding tough.

If you think you are too young to code or that old people are too old to code, you are so wrong! This 81-year-old woman who started using computers at the age of 61, has performed amazing feat.

Masako Wakamiya, a former banker, has created an app. The app teaches people the correct way to place Japanese dolls for the eve of Hinamatsuri (Girl’s day). Previous to this, Wakamiya has served 43 years in bank and familiarized herself with computers just 20 years ago. It’s surprising, given the fact that many people born in this era of computers find coding tough.

The app is called “Hinadan” made from words “Hina” meaning doll and “dan” meaning tier. The objective of the app is to help user learn how to position the 12 dolls correctly on four tiers. If the user is successful in placing the dolls correctly, a congratulatory message shows up.

Wakamiya also runs a blog where she teaches how to use excel for art. She is another example of people who prove that age is just a number. Wakamiya also started a club called the “Mellow Club” for the aged people who want to live a meaningful life. The club focuses on use of information technology to build a “longevity society” based on “active ageing”.

Wakamiya has also been featured at TEDx, Tokyo, where she explained the idea behind “active ageing” in today’s world.

Her app is available here.

(Reporting by Zainab Asif; Editing by Mohith Agadi)

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