Mid Delta Senior Center participates appear to have taken a liking to some of today's more modern technology – the tablet.
"They have grandchildren that have introduced them to their iPhones, iPads, Kindles and other computer tablets, " reports Aremedia Lee, site coordinator of Mid Delta Senior Center.
According to Lee, some seniors reached about an 8th grade education level but have not been discouraged by the recent technology improvements and started requesting for someone to start teaching them.
“Residents themselves have even gotten iPhones from their families as a way of staying in touch,” commented Lee.
MDSC started looking for someone who could volunteer their time to teach these seniors the basic computer skills and tools as well as introduce the basics of the iPad, iPhone and other tablet devices.
Sandra Valley Bagley, senior business manager for AT&T, was looking for some volunteer hours and was encouraged by the idea.
“A lot of the residents love reading the Bible and have grown curious of the Bible apps as well as the other applications that are available,” said Bagley.
Lee stated that the encouragement of learning the new technology is due to the connection the seniors have with their families and enjoy conversations with their grandchildren.
“It's a great way for them to keep up with their families and their families to keep up with them,” commented Lee.
“Sandra works out of Memphis and has been to the senior center previously for cell phone training. She brings her own equipment and provides insight to the multiple functions and options they offer,” Lee stated.
Lee says the seniors are already asking about Facebook and want their picture "put in the computer."
“Currently we have 7 seniors that have attended the course meetings and more are becoming interested in the concept of the program. We hope to be able to expand in the near future and gather more attendees,” commented Lee.
Lee stated that she has observed the older generations are looking at the new technology with open minded curiosity and started with basic computer skills and learning the different parts of the computer. However, they quickly moved to tablets due to the newfound popularity of these devices.
The program started in April and is currently being offered Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30 am to 11:30 as Bagley's schedule permits.
Eastern Arkansas area agency (EAAA) out of Jonesboro funds the program.