AT&T Hosts Technology Training Event for Seniors and Donates Tablets to Nonprofits

| December 17, 2011

picture seniors using tablet to read magazineAT&T employees descended on the Beatitudes Senior Living Campus Friday bearing stacks of Samsung Galaxy tablets. They were there to host “Connecting the Generations this Holiday Season”, a hands-on training session demonstrating the latest tablet technology to seniors.

Participants learned how to use the tablets to communicate with family, read books and magazines, map routes using GPS, and of course how to play Angry Birds. Santa Claus was just outside the room taking Christmas requests and pictures with residents. I’m sure he was inundated with requests for tablets.

seniors sharing a look at the Galaxy tabletAfter the training, AT&T donated the 15 Samsung Galaxy demonstration tablets to local nonprofits, including 4 tablets for the OASIS Connections Program to use in continuing technology education for mature adults and seniors. AT&T also presented a $5,000 check to the Beatitudes (a nonprofit senior living facility) to expand their technology offerings on campus.

AT&T is a committed advocate of technology training for seniors. Since 1998, AT&T has contributed more than $3.4 million to the OASIS Institute to develop technology curriculum and in support of creating community partnerships with libraries and organizations across the country. Tucson has one of the largest and most active Connections partnerships, with over 1,000 students participating in local classes each year. Nationwide the program touches the lives of over 11,000 older students through partners in 18 cities.

photo AT&T regional manager addressing crowdAs the Program Coordinator for the OASIS Connections technology education programs in Southern Arizona, I love to see the simple joy that learning a simple skill, like sharing pictures with far away family, can bring to a senior. Being engaged socially and feeling a part of this fast moving society is critical for successful aging and cognitive health. I’d like to thank AT&T for inviting me to be a part of this event and for their continuing support of lifelong technology literacy for our elders.

OASIS Connections classes include basic computer skills, social media including Facebook, job search and resume writing, basic Word and Excel, and more. Tucson OASIS classes are listed online here, and the Pima Public Library also offers the Connections curriculum.

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