With much of North Texas asked to stay inside, technology
becomes one of the main ways to stay connected.
A new program called Teen Tech Tutors spearheaded by
StoneGate Senior Living, pairs teenagers and senior citizens together to help
the older generation learn about apps and devices needed to stay engaged.
“Many seniors have never had exposure to modern technology
such as iPads, smartphones or even computers,” Angela Norris with StoneGate
said. “This program will increase our residents’ quality of life through
Teens teach seniors how to best use technology to reach out
to loved ones, which has become increasingly important while they are forced to
keep distance because of national COVID-19 concerns.
“It’s more important now, then ever, for our residents and their loved ones to stay connected virtually. These newfound technologic skills can be put to good use,” Norris said.
The first teenager to start volunteering was Aarush Shah who
is a sophomore at Liberty High School in Frisco.
Shah and other students give 30- to 60-minute tutorials via Skype, Facetime or Zoom. They can answer questions and give demonstrations and even share some of that next generation lingo.
“The chances that this will be a lasting impression is high.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some of these teens are even inspired to pursue a
career in healthcare,” Norris said.