While many children have been using a computer since they were three, computers can be daunting for those who didn’t grow up with them. To help seniors learn how to search the internet and to use e-mail, Southwest Senior Center is working with Eastside Neighborhood Services and Generations Online to provide one-on-one tutoring using a software program designed especially for seniors.
The one-on-one tutoring is done by peer coaches who make each student feel at ease. After completing the initial four sessions, Jeanette Weeks, age 63, “I thoroughly enjoyed the classes in which I could laugh and learn. Cora and Pat (the tutors) made me feel smart. I appreciated their patience and encouragement.” Comments like these are common from the thirty seniors who have participated in the program since August.
Tutoring sessions are held Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. at Southwest Senior Center, 3612 Bryant Avenue South. The tutors are available for additional help on a drop in basis between 11 a.m. and noon. The tutoring covers four topic areas, with each student working at his or her own pace. Each student creates an e-mail account and learns basic tools for doing internet research.
To sign up for a tutoring time, stop by the computer lab in the morning and talk with one of the senior aides or call 612.822.3194 and ask for Cora. The seven computers are available for use by people age 50 and up on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. (except for Tuesdays during tax season). Southwest Senior Center is located at 3612 Bryant Avenue and offers a wide array of services including nine exercise classes per week, no cost social work help, senior dining, an adult day program and numerous social and educational opportunities. Call 612.822.3194 for more information.
Mary Ann Schoenberger is Director of the Senior Center