Dean Esposito Teaches New Tricks

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Dean Esposito, a retired teacher, spends his days teaching the wonders of technology to the elderly.

Technology provides a great solution for keeping in touch with the geographically unavailable

They say one cannot teach an old dog new tricks, Dean Esposito disagrees.

Dean Esposito, 63, a retired King County teacher, embarked on a mission of ridding the elderly community of technological ignorance.

He distributed fliers across town and walked door-to-door in-and-out of gated-elderly communities preaching his services. Dean Esposito volunteers his knowledge and easy going manners to teach elderly folks the basics behind the Internet and computers.

He has noticed the elderly shy away from such gadgets simply because they are used to those around them referring to them as “old” and “outdated.”

“Elderly people don’t have to be afraid of computers,” said Dean Esposito. “There is no reason why they cannot learn to use them.”

Understanding that senior citizens often learn differently than younger students, and require more individualized attention “is essential and Steve is doing a fantastic job,” said Auburn Elderly Center Administrator Jill Caplan.

As technology further advances and geographical boundaries are further stretched, the elderly tend to remain in the dark far from their offspring. Applications such as Skype, Viber and Webcams may sound like a foreign language.

Dean Esposito combats such ignorance by teaching his students the basics, from where to press the start button and use keyboard shortcuts, to how to Google and write emails.

“Technology provides a great solution for keeping in touch with the geographically unavailable,” Dean Esposito said.

About Dean Esposito
Dean Esposito, 63, a retired Palm Beach County history teacher. He is a lifelong Auburn resident. Dean Esposito volunteers his time to teaching the elderly the basics behind computers and Internet. He is married to Mary and together they have two sons.

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