"Seniors Helping Seniors" Class Gives Older Adults the Opportunity to Connect to the World Through Twitter Technology
WARMINSTER, PA - While many throughout the world are app-fixated with Twitter, I- Pads, cell phones and Facebook, which are typically associated with younger groups, every generation stands to benefit directly from advances in technology. And there are plenty of resources to help tech savvy-seniors at Ann's Choice.
Students from Hatboro-Horsham High School are helping tighten the digital divide by teaching the popular application Twitter to seniors at Ann's Choice - right here in the Delaware Valley with a program called Seniors Helping Seniors.
Seniors Helping Seniors is a series that is part of the high school students' senior project. Residents who are in the Ann's Choice Computer Club are taking the next step to learn how to connect to Twitter - giving them the chance to begin looking into the technical advances of computer conversation with the world.
"Our goal is to provide our computer uses here at Ann's Choice with as many opportunities as possible to learn different programs, options and social media applications as possible," said Bob Klimek, Ann's Choice resident and president of the community's computer club. "The students who are kind enough to come to us and impart their knowledge is fantastic. It helps us become more connected with the outside world."
Ann's Choice Executive Director Joseph LoCascio said, "We are very fortunate to have such a great group of talented and bright young students come here to the community to work with our seniors. In addition to teaching our residents the ins and outs of the latest advances of computer technology, they are forging intergenerational bonds that we hope continue to last for a long time."
According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, as of May 2011, 13% of online adults use Twitter, which represents a significant increase from the 8% of online adults who identified themselves as Twitter users from November 2010.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project also indicates that Internet usage among those ages 65 and older grew 100%-from 13% to 26% over the past two years. Among adults ages 65 and older, 13% log on to social networking sites on a typical day, compared with just 4% who did so in 2009.
More than 2,000 people live at Ann's Choice, an Erickson Living full-service retirement community that promotes a vibrant lifestyle. Erickson Living develops and manages 16 full-service retirement communities that provide worry-free living for America's seniors - the country's fastest-growing population segment. Erickson Living's refundable entrance deposit and predictable monthly service fees provide residents across the country financial peace of mind. Comprehensive health and wellness services, integrated into every community, lead to demonstrated resident benefits. For more information, visit www.ericksonliving.com.