Empowering Older Adults Through Technology

Tablets, smartphones, laptops – we saw all of these devices and more at our “Technology for Seniors” event on January 10 in the Town of Los Altos Hills.

Many older adults received these items as holiday gifts from their children and grandchildren, but needed some help on learning how to use them. With that in mind, the linkAges TimeBank partnered with the Town of Los Altos Hills to host the “Technology for Seniors” training session, and empower older adults through technology.

More than 80 participants and volunteers attended the event, where older adult participants were paired with a tech-savvy volunteer who could answer their technology questions. Based on their needs, participants were assigned to one of four stations: Apple products, Windows products, Android products and General Questions. Upon arriving at their station, participants received one-on-one tutoring from a volunteer for an hour. Volunteers included linkAges TimeBank members, as well as local middle and high school students who were looking for ways to give back to their community.

Many participants wanted an introductory lesson on how to use their tablet or smartphone. Some were looking for tips on Internet safety and security. Others were seeking information on how use applications like Facebook and Skype so that they could stay in touch with loved ones who live far away.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the event and made it so successful! Visit our linkAges Timebank Facebook page to see photos.

The exchange of knowledge doesn’t end there! Older adults can continue to receive free, one-on-one technology assistance from others in their community by enrolling into the linkAges TimeBank. For more information about the program and to register, visit the linkAges Timebank website.

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