iPads and Seniors Are a Winning Combination

By March 19, 2013Workshops

March 19, 2013

The Park Springs of Stone Mountain community is proving that there’s no age limit on learning, even when it comes to technology!

Several residents have enrolled in an eight-week workshop to learn how to use an iPad tablet computer. The class, which meets once a week, covers a range of topics from the very basics of the iPad and how it operates to how to download and use free applications from the Internet. Participants are discovering the fun of being able to find information about their interests online, play games, video chat with family members and friends, and even connect with their grandchildren on Facebook.

Students are often surprised and delighted to find out the capabilities of their iPads and how easy the devices are to use. Jennifer Su says she enjoyed using the Map application to locate her birth home in China and learned about NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity while sitting on her couch watching a news program on her tablet. Nancy Worsham recently used her iPad to look up information on football legend Peyton Manning, who grew up in her hometown. Dot Perkins was amazed to have a video conversation with a loved one using the FaceTime application. Joan Ross uses her iPad to listen to the music she loves.

The hands-on iPad workshop is taught by Jane Ratliff, founder of BlueHair Technology Group, along with several trained volunteers. The class offers Park Springs residents a fun and convenient way to learn about technology and participate in activities that help them stay alert, active and independent.

Jane Ratliff of BlueHair Technology Group (center) demonstrates an application on the iPad to Park Springs residents Jennifer Su and Dot Perkins.

Joan Ross, Nancy Worsham and Mary West work on their iPads at a recent workshop.

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