Hendricks County Senior Services helps older adults live with independence and dignity, in the home of their choice, for as long as possible. The agency has served the community for 39 years by providing a variety of supportive services to aging adults and family caregivers. A grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation helped to expand supportive services through a technology training program called “Cyber Seniors.”
The Cyber Seniors activity uses youth volunteers to train older adults on the use of digital technology, including laptops, tablets, and social media. Senior and youth participants from Avon, Brownsburg, Danville, and Plainfield reported that they were highly satisfied with the Cyber Seniors class. One senior participant said, “I enjoyed learning new information about technology and the interaction with youth. I enjoyed getting to know them.” One youth volunteer said, “It was a great opportunity for students to connect with seniors and help them integrate into modern technological society.”
Hendricks County Senior Services’ Executive Director Marina Keers said, “The Cyber Seniors program helped connect 25 older adults to 33 youth volunteers who were excited to help older adults expand their understanding and use of technology. The inter-generational program reduced the isolation that some seniors were feeling and it has resulted in lasting friendships. One senior even baked a pie for the youth volunteers and delivered it to the high school for lunch! The seniors are still texting and emailing the youth volunteers when they have follow-up questions. This program made a difference across Hendricks County.”
“This kind of programming is a win-win for Hendricks County. Time and time again, it’s proven that intergenerational programming offers profound benefits for older adults, youth and the community as a whole. The Community Foundation was excited to help bring the Cyber Seniors program and students from Avon, Brownsburg, Danville and Plainfield to Hendricks County Senior Services,” said Eric Hessel, HCCF Program Officer.