AARP Wyoming teaches technology to the fifty plus community through Senior High Tech

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (WYOMING NEWS NOW) -- AARP Wyoming represents the best interests of 87,000 Wyomingites age 50 and over. Today, Sam Shumway talked to us about what AARP Wyoming is doing with teaching technology to the fifty plus community through Senior High Tech.

What is Senior High Tech?

Senior High Tech is an AARP Wyoming program in which we connect student service organizations with senior centers to provide some one-on-one tutoring with cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices. This one-on-one setting provides for inter-generational conversation and provides a fantastic service for our older adults in the community. The response is always the same to these events, “when can the kids come back?”

Generally, students participating in this event, go to the Senior Center for two hours or so when lunch is being served. The event is really organic. Seniors bring their phones and tablets and the students peel off for one-on-one time. The Senior Center clients love it, the students enjoy it and, in a perfect world, we set up another event to help folks further their understanding of technology.

Communities that have hosted Senior High Tech:

Tanya has been a true road warrior this fall. She has hosted Senior High Tech in the following communities: Pine Bluffs, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, Kemmerer, Rock Springs, Green River, Thayne, Dubois, Lander, Buffalo, Laramie, and Rawlins. Spring events are scheduled for: Cheyenne, Sheridan, Casper, and Gillette.

How to get Senior High Tech in your community:

Senior centers, libraries, pretty much anywhere can host a Senior High Tech event. The event can be big or small, and held as many times as the community needs. It is a great opportunity for high school students to volunteer in their community and for the fifty plus community to get out and socialize.

The high school students that have volunteered have ranged from student council, band, computer science, Zonta, SkillsUSA, and many others. Students do not need to be trained, they have all of the knowledge needed.

For more information please contact Tanya Johnson at 307-432-5814