May 26, 2024 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Helping Seniors Connect with Tech

UCLA student volunteers offering free one-on-one technology coaching for older people in on March 9.

By Staff Writer

Technology and social media can be intimidating for anyone, but especially for older people, many of whom grew up using rotary-dial phones.

On Saturday, March 9, approximately 15 UCLA undergraduates will be volunteering their time to teach seniors how to better utilize their iPhones, iPads, laptops and other mobile devices as part of an initiative developed in conjunction with UCLA Health 50-Plus, a community wellness program based at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.   

Each participant is matched with a student for an individual 45-minute session. The students are prepared to answer any technology questions, and will coach participants as they practice their new skills.

“Tech Help for U” events are held several times during the year. Since its inception two years ago, more than 100 seniors have received help. The most common questions the students receive? How to enlarge fonts so devices are easier to read, how to download podcasts, news and music apps and how to better utilize social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest and WhatsApp.

“It’s wonderful that these technologies exist, making it so much easier for people to connect. But older people, who are already more likely to be lonely, may not have the skills needed to utilize benefit from them,” explains Ishara Bailis., LCSW and manager of UCLA Health 50-Plus “Watching them gain knowledge and confidence is rewarding to our student volunteers and those of us involved in this program.

This Saturday’s “Tech Help for U” will take place at the Conference Center at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, 1250 16th Street, Santa Monica, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants should bring fully-charged devices to get the most out of the sessions. The sessions are free, but appointments are required. Call (800) 516-5323 to register or find out about upcoming dates.

Related Posts

UCLA Police Make First Arrest in Attack on Palestine Solidarity Encampment

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

18-year-old Charged With Assault with a Deadly Weapon; Bail Set at $30,000 By Dolores Quintana After three weeks, the University...

UAW Local 4811 Calls for Strike at UCLA and UC Davis Over Unresolved Labor Practices

May 24, 2024

May 24, 2024

UCLA Administration Calls in Riot Police Over Brief Establishment of Second Encampment The Executive Board of UAW Local 4811 called...

(Photo Gallery) Recap of 45th Annual Venice Family Clinic Art Walk

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Art Walk + Auction, Created in 1979 by Local Volunteers and Artists, Aimed to Prevent the Clinic’s Closure, Fostering...

TripAdvisor Ranked This Santa Monica Hotel #1 in America

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Ranking Honored the Highest Level of Excellence in Travel, Recognizing Those Who Receive a High Volume of Exceptional Review...

City Files Lawsuit Against Landlord Over Alleged Discrimination and Harassment

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Santa Monica’s Housing Anti-discrimination Ordinance Prohibits Discrimination by Landlords Against Tenants With Disabilities The City of Santa Monica’s Attorney’s Office...

Husband and Wife Arrested After Reporting Sexual Assault

May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

The Tables Were Turned  By Zach Armstrong The tables were turned on a married couple after they demanded officers arrest someone...

(Video) The Long Awaited Opening of @Something About Her. The line was down the block for most of the day. Huge success

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

If you look closely you can see the owners in the video, who were so very gracious and genuine to...

SMMUSD Seeks Middle School Athletic Coaches

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

Positions Are Available for Flag Football, Girls’ Volleyball, Cross Country, Basketball, Esports, Track and Field, Soccer, Spring Volleyball and Lacrosse...

Report: Promenade Currently Suffers 25% Retail Vacancy

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

Businesses and Customers Prefer Much More Vibrant Environments Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, once bustling with shoppers and street performers,...

LAFD Rescues Trapped Individuals From Venice Public Bathrooms

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

After Approximately Eight Minutes, One Stall Door Was Successfully Unlatched By Zach Armstrong LAFD Firefighters and LAPD officers were dispatched to...

Venice Canal Attack Victim’s Condition Takes a Tragic Turn

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

CD 11 City Councilmember Traci Park Releases Statement The devastating news that one of the two women who were brutally...

(Video Recap) MAINopoly Offers a Sample of Main Street’s Best

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

The Annual Event Took Place May 19 @smmirrornews MAINopoly offered a sample of Main Street’s best eateries and bars #california...

(Video) 2024 Take Action Campaign Happening Now

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

More Information at takeactionla.com @smmirrornews Take Action Campaign is happening now throughout LA County #mentalhealth #losangeles #fyp #california #wellbeing #health...

Council Extends ‘Local Homelessness Emergency’ Proclamation Through 2025

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Extending the Proclamation Enables the City to Receive Additional Resources  By Zach Armstrong Last Tuesday, Santa Monica City Council unanimously...

Father-Son Duo RSG Janitorial Services Finds Joy In Serving Customers

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Finding handymen and janitorial services can be a hard pick. RSG Janitorial Services, based in Los Angeles, offers a mix...