Ann's Choice Digital Computer Tech Expo Aimed at Moving Seniors Past the Digital Divide

WARMINSTER, PA - Smartphones, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, iPads, Nooks, bits, bytes...all just digital buzzwords used by youth, right? But while app-fixation is associated with younger generations, every group of society, including senior citizens, stand to benefit from advances in technology. And there are plenty of resources to help tech savvy-seniors looking to learn. That's what the Third Annual Computer Tech Expo at Ann's Choice has been showcasing for more than 300 residents over the past two years, and this year is no different. A room full of open-minded and bright-eyed residents came to the expo - all eager to learn what technology has to offer them. Some residents had little to no computer knowledge, others know how to create their own resident-driven website, and then there were those who actually taught other seniors how to benefit from computers! All came together under one roof to talk tech and learn how the advances of digital technology can improve their lives. There were several digital "tech learning stations," all supervised, taught and facilitated by these seniors, an outside vendor, and even students from Hatboro-Horsham High School.  (See YouTube video: http://tiny.cc/yn7mtw) Some of these tech learning stations included:
  • New Computer Users Station
  • How to Smartphone
  • Using Email
  • Learn your iPad
  • How to use the Nook®
  •  Using Ancestry.com to find family
  • The Ann's Choice Resident Website (www.acresidents.org)
  • Going Green through Technology
"The purpose of this Tech Expo was to give residents a brief 'hands on' experience with current technologies, and to point them in the direction of learning and using whatever will be useful and interests them, such as the the resident website and genealogy site, e-mail or Smartphones to connect them with their families," said Ann's Choice resident Dick Blackburn, one of the facilitators of the expo.    "All of our residents have access to at least 25 computers where they can play games, send and receive e-mail, scan the Internet, use data bases and applications---depending upon their level of knowledge and expertise.  We want to help them increase that knowledge and skill," Blackburn said. Ann's Choice Executive Director Chris Donati said, "Older adults utilize technology for fun, socialization, improved health and to stay connected with family and friends now more than ever, and Ann's Choice recognizes this. Which is why we decided to hold the the Tech Expos over the past two years- to help educate them about the computer applications available in the technology world for them to discover." About Ann's Choice:  Ann's Choice is situated on a scenic 103 acre campus in Warminster, Pennsylvania.  The community is home to approximately 2,000 residents, many of which reside in the 1,494 independent living apartment-style homes.  Life at Ann's Choice offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Ann's Choice can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.

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