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Tech Savvy Students Hold One-on-One Tutoring Sessions for Moldaw Residents

Original post made by lew697 on Jan 30, 2013

High school students from Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton were among a group of tech savvy teenagers who volunteered their time to help residents at Moldaw Residences, a senior living community in Palo Alto, with technology. The teens worked one-on-one with the residents, and they helped them in their apartments on their own technological devices. The assistance was very well received especially since a growing number of seniors are a part of the technology wave with nearly 70% of adults 65+ using mobile phones, more than half using email and a third of the older internet users are on Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

"Technology is extremely difficult to understand, even for myself at times," said Brock Cozad, one of the student project organizers. "Technological advancements are rapidly occurring, and my ultimate wish for these seniors is for them to gain a basic understanding of technology and to be able to connect with their grandkids, children and friends."

Nearly a dozen teenagers came out to Moldaw Residences for the event, and the teens plan to return once a month. Students Joshua Lauder and Brock Cozad recruited the students and organized the event.

"I know that family members can get frustrated when trying to help their loved ones learn how to use technology," said Lauder. "When we visited Moldaw, we tried to be extremely patient with them, and I hope that the seniors got a lot out of the sessions. I find it very rewarding to volunteer my time, and I had a lot of fun."

Moldaw Residences put out a signup sheet for residents to reserve time with the teens. The residents eagerly signed up, and they look forward to having the teen tutors return next month.

"We were thrilled to have the teens come out to Moldaw to work with the residents," said Miki Raver, director of lifestyles services for Moldaw Residences. "This was a fabulous intergenerational activity, and it helped the residents improve their technological skills. The residents like to stay current and in touch with the latest ways to communicate, and I know they were excited about this opportunity!"

Comments (2)

Posted by Hooray, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Glad to hear something good about the skids for a change!

Posted by big, a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2013 at 10:06 pm

big is a registered user.

Using facebook is not hard. Its mindnumbingly easy. Too easy. Too addictive. I advise my kids not to use it. I also advise my Mom not to use it as I dont want her giving away family secrets to big brother or big sister. I am not sure if this is helping these old folk.

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