Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Second post Wednesday September 15th, 2010 MorningStar article

  • September 15th, 2010 4:18 pm MT

Denver's MorningStar Senior Living is rolling out an ambitious computer and Internet training series

Grandparents rule!
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On Thursday October 7th, 2010, MorningStar Senior Living’s Dayton Place Denver will begin classes on “Basic computer knowledge 101.” The first meeting of this pilot course presented by Denver’s Modern Senior Technology, Inc.™ begins at 10:30am and is scheduled to run one hour. 
Kevin Tong, MorningStar’s Life Enrichment Director at Dayton Place, said that if this course is received as well as anticipated, they may expand the program to their other Colorado communities. “We want to offer a class that helps our experienced and inexperienced residents on the computer and the Internet.”
Tong explained further that, “We have received numerous family requests for online social networking training.” One of the pitfalls of senior living is keeping in contact with friends, sons and daughters as well as grandchildren.
One of the primary objectives of the program is to introduce the residents to social networking websites like™ who now has over 500 million registered users or the 26 million micro-blogging users of™
Perhaps the most useful social networking phenomenon for seniors is™. Originally used by companies the world over, Skype now has over 600 million registered users from both the private and public sectors. Through the utilization of Skype’s online video conferencing, seniors can video conference with their families in “real time.” 
Opening communication channels may not be the most significant benefit. According™, “several studies also have suggested that people who engage in intellectually stimulating activities, such as social interactions… significantly lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.”
MorningStar’s quest to expand their resident’s knowledge through the utilization of the computer and the Internet will not only enrich their lives; it may even extend it.
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