OSWEGO – A group of local seniors eager to learn how to use their electronic devices received the assistance they needed from SUNY Oswego students taking part in a technology day event at Springside at Seneca Hill.
Oswego Health’s retirement community was just one of the community service projects the students participated in as part of their local Alternative Spring Break.
The students assisted seniors who arrived at Springside with their laptops, iPads and smartphones.
Carol Simpson, of Oswego, came with a brand new smartphone ready to learn how to use it.
“I got a new phone that I haven’t been able to answer until today, and now I can talk on it and use the flashlight function,” she said. “I even found how I can get to breakfast from here (using a map app).”
Simpson also learned how to text on her new phone and soon received a call from her daughter who lives overseas.
A few minutes later she was facetiming with her daughter.
Simpson was just one of nearly 30 seniors who left the event feeling confident using a new technology.
Brenda Axtell, of Hannibal, was among those attending.
She learned how to Skype using her laptop.
“It has been very helpful,” she said of the technology day.
However, it wasn’t just the seniors who spent time learning.
“We didn’t just talk about their smartphones, said student Kayla Brun. “We learned about their lives, with more in depth conversations of their life experiences.”
Added Nyabiosi Sydney, “This was great. I got to meet people of another generation.”
While the students spent the morning assisting seniors with their technology, they visited with the residents of The Manor at Seneca Hill and Adult Day Health Service participants in the afternoon.
“It was wonderful to see the interaction between the students and our seniors,” said Oswego Health Vice President Jason Santiago, who serves as chief operating officer of Springside and The Manor. “I want to thank SUNY Oswego for including us in their Alternative Spring Break program and I look forward to working together on future collaborative programs.”