Seniors gleeful over new $10K computer lab


By Laurie Hamame - lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com



Seniors are most excited about learning how to stay connected with their families on social media platforms.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Connie Osborn, president and CEO of the senior center, cuts a ribbon to celebrate the new computer lab, as Helen Chappell, Jessica Wirth, and Maggie Rivera watch.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Maggie Rivera teaches senior citizens how to set up an email account.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Holly Henderson plays a round of Solitaire on the new touch screen computers.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

“This is my first time using a computer!” exclaimed Holly Henderson as she used her finger to move playing cards across the touch screen during a game of solitaire.

A new $10,000 computer lab was unveiled Sept. 19 at the Neighborhood Alliance Senior Enrichment Services in Oberlin.

PNC bank provided the funds for six computers and will teach senior citizens interested in mastering the tech. They’ll learn about topics such as identity theft protection and online banking.

During a brainstorming session prior to the reveal, seniors shared topics they are most excited to learn about. Ancestry, email, community event listings, Google, and identifying credible sites were among the list.

Henderson said she wants to learn how to use word processing so she can swap her typewriter for a faster way to write.

“We believe that consumers of all ages should have access to technology that will make their lives easier and more enjoyable,” said Maggie Rivera, community consultant at PNC.

“With this new computer lab, we’ll begin to break down the digital divide between generations.”

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

Seniors are most excited about learning how to stay connected with their families on social media platforms.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_6144.jpgSeniors are most excited about learning how to stay connected with their families on social media platforms.

Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Connie Osborn, president and CEO of the senior center, cuts a ribbon to celebrate the new computer lab, as Helen Chappell, Jessica Wirth, and Maggie Rivera watch.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_6158.jpgConnie Osborn, president and CEO of the senior center, cuts a ribbon to celebrate the new computer lab, as Helen Chappell, Jessica Wirth, and Maggie Rivera watch.

Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Maggie Rivera teaches senior citizens how to set up an email account.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_6160.jpgMaggie Rivera teaches senior citizens how to set up an email account.

Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Holly Henderson plays a round of Solitaire on the new touch screen computers.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_6164.jpgHolly Henderson plays a round of Solitaire on the new touch screen computers.

Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

By Laurie Hamame

lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com