DOROT's new Tech Coaching program for seniors featured in the Wall Street Journal

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DOROT's new Tech Coaching program for seniors featured in the Wall Street Journal! This article destigmatized older adults, by relating their challenges with technology to younger folks with wit and humor.

Smartphone ownership among Americans age 65 and older is growing fast, rising from 18% in 2013 to 53% this year, according to the Pew Research Center. Overall, 81% of U.S. adults own a smartphone, up from 58% in 2013.

DOROT is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to alleviate social isolation and provide concrete services to older adults. For more than four decades, DOROT has been an innovative leader in the fields of aging services and volunteerism. DOROT’s diverse set of programs, as well as our focus on providing intergenerational connections to seniors, has ensured that DOROT’s clients have access to the resources they need to age with dignity, independence, and grace.

About a decade ago, DOROT’s At You Service program noticed an increase in requests from seniors for technology help. DOROT responded by creating a Tech Response team.

In 2017, DOROT went one step further and created the Connect Through Tech Department and in the summer of 2019, launched the Tech Coaching program pilot which has curriculum for both android and apple users. Seniors and volunteers meet weekly in the senior’s home for four weeks. DOROT has doubled the number of participants as which is a testament to the need for this type of program. Two of the participants are over 100 years old!!!

A fantastic article about the tech coaching program that shows tons of personality and character, how the organization is meeting a vital need in the community.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/just-push-the-buttons-seniors-get-smartphone-lessons-11572966001

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