According to Pew Research, more than 75% of senior citizens own cell phones. But what the numbers don’t tell you is how many of them realize all they can do with the technology. Jill Woodworth said, “I mainly use it just for calls, and I’ve started texting because my family answers faster.”
Recently, more than 20 seniors took advantage of a free class at Beaverton City Library in Beaverton, Ore., for help getting dialed in. “This is a simple introduction to the android phone,” said Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick. The company partners with AARP offering the program in 20 cities, Portland classes are available about every five weeks in different locations.
“We want to reach seniors living in a variety of areas,” said Marick. “It’s easy for them to ask questions when they’re in a group setting.” During the 90 minute sessions they cover subjects from selfies, to GPS, to connecting to WiFi.
“This is really helpful,” said Woodworth, “I didn’t know anything about using the camera, trying it here, I learned to keep my own fingers out of my selfie!”
Read Article (Cathy Marshall | kgw.com | 08/14/2015)
In this day-and-age, why do you think classes such as these are being held if not because there is a growing problem. Reports of mobile device ownership by senior citizens, miss-leads society into thinking they really know how to use these devices.
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