Tech Tools Have No Age

April 11, 2024 | Daphne Lee, Senior Tech Instructor

Great things happen when you mix seniors and technology. Today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world puts all the things we celebrate here at CC Young — kindness, philanthropy, relationships, and experiences — within reach. Making the most of digital tools such as mobile devices, apps, and digital platforms can make senior citizens feel more connected than ever before.

Philanthropy at a Digital Speed

Grab those mobile devices, because there are many apps and digital platforms that give you access to diverse perspectives and stories, which can inspire acts of generosity, both locally and globally. Philanthropy, traditionally seen as monetary donations, has evolved. Now, you can quickly share time, knowledge, and resources, proving that older adults and technology are destined to be a powerful partnership for good. 

With just a few taps on your mobile device, it’s easier than ever to make donations. The key is to make sure it’s a reputable charity that uses donations in ways that directly support the intended causes. Here are a few options:

  • Charity Navigator is a website that provides ratings and insights into charities supporting all sorts of causes.
  • Blood Donor, an app by the American Red Cross, gives you access to blood donation locations and the ability to manage donation appointments.
  • GoFundMe is a well-known app and website used to raise money for causes.

In addition, most nonprofit organizations such as CC Young offer a donation platform via their website.

Connected by Technology

Mobile technology can help you stay connected, despite physical distances and generational gaps. Video calls, instant messaging, and social media allow senior citizens to regularly interact with family and friends. For example, I text and share photos almost every day with my mother-in-law, who lives in Gig Harbor, Washington. She sends pictures of cats and I return pictures of golden retrievers. 

A mobile device also allows you to connect on a more personal level — with your well-being. The technology you carry in your wallet or purse can monitor your heart rate, your medications,  and your steps.

At CC Young, we believe that senior living and technology should go hand in hand. That’s why we offer many senior computer and technology classes. Find SRTech classes at The Point & Pavilion, where we offer a broad selection of in-person classes covering computers, smartphones, and tablets; Internet resources such as Google, social media like Facebook and Instagram; and wearables, including the Apple Watch, Fitbit, and Android watches. Email us at [email protected] for further info. 

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