FBLA Donates Tech Experience to Senior Citizens

Posted on October 22, 2014 by

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IMG_5389Luckily, this article is also printed on paper in black and white ink, or the seniors would not be able to read it.

Seniors? No, not the class of 2015, but the elderly whom the Fleetwood FBLA members are teaching how to use technology.

Every Wednesday in October, the FBLA members travel over to Fleetwood Elementary school to educate seniors on how to use the technology they have. Berks Encore, a volunteer community group, advertises this to seniors in the surrounding area. They are encouraged to bring their smart phones, tablets, and laptops so that they can learn how to use them efficiently. Junior Ethan Miller is spearheading this project and is excited to see its success.

“We’re really excited, and I’m surprised that this has not been done before because my parents know barely anything about their phones. So I can infer that some seniors know even less about the up-and-coming technology,” freshman Laura Kaskey said

After the participants received assistance, they were happy and grateful.

“This session really helped me learn how to use my iPod better. Now I just have to see if I can do it on my own!” one participant said.

“I feel that the elderly aren’t responding to technology for a multitude of reasons, the main one being that the progression of technology has moved too quickly for older generations to properly adjust,” Kaskey said.

With the help of Berks Encore, the schedule for the next four weeks is already full. Seniors come with a list of questions to ask or a new device just asking for the basics.

The FBLA members are skilled and knowledgeable about most of the technology they have been presented with thus far. They are given questions ranging from, “What’s this button do?” to email problems.

“I don’t know how you know all of this, but I’m glad you can help,” another senior said.

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