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January 31, 2011

Turning Grandma to Tech

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by Daithi Hanluain, Mobiledia

Several initiatives have sprouted up in the U.S. to help seniors add new technology into their lives, with the tech-savvy youth often as their guide. The Central Oregon Council on Aging, based in Redmond, Ore., is a senior-services agency that last year enrolled 70 people for tech training, taught by teenagers from a nearby high school. This year, one hundred more seniors are signed up for the program, indicating its growing success. Meanwhile, Carmel, Ind.-based nonprofit Net Literacy each year gets 400 to 600 middle- and high-school students to give a senior tech-training program called “Senior Connects.” In New York, Pace University delivers a program that sends students to retirement homes to show seniors how to use email, online banking, Wii and video chat, among others.

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