June 9, 2014
Atlanta, June 3, 2014—Four metro Atlanta senior communities recently benefitted from a charitable fund raiser spearheaded by an ad hoc volunteer organization called TechConnex, founded by independent benefactor, Jason Miller, in cooperation with the non-profit, BlueHair Technology Group and the Centennial Aviation Academy. Mt. Vernon Towers and the Hammond Glen Senior Community, both in Sandy Springs, Lutheran Tower in Midtown, and Clairmont Crest in Decatur, are the recipients of several iPads permanently donated for the purpose of implementing a curriculum for educating dozens of older adults about current technology and tools to help improve the quality of their lives.
Miller, founder of TechConnex, a senior IT executive, stated, “I started TechConnex when my grandmother passed away, and my purpose was to establish a community group that could reach out and connect the younger generation with the elderly. Centennial Aviation Academy at DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, the only flight school in the world dedicated to students 8-17 years old, is one such organization. As an involved youth leader at Centennial, it made sense to establish a financial goal and active participation with these teenage and pre-teen pilots to help BlueHair Technology expand its education services to dozens of
more seniors. Naturally, we were delighted by the charitably donated items from several individual and companies, as well as by the generous participation level of attendees at the auction.”
As a result of the silent auction, which raised over $5,000, Jane Ratliff, Executive Director of BlueHair, estimates that she and her trainers will now be able to reach and teach over four times as many users as originally estimated under this particular sponsorship.
“Through instructor-led courses, assisted by the young pilot volunteers, adult seniors will learn how to Skype with their family, use electronic devices, search YouTube videos, listen to music, and use Google Maps to see places they only dreamed of,” said Ratliff.She added, “As mobility declines, isolation and loneliness increase along with the risk of depression. The ability to connect with loved ones and the outside world through technology is significant in alleviating these problems. The response to such classes from both seniors and their families has been overwhelmingly positive.”