It can be lonely to be old. Especially if you don’t have friends and family nearby—or you do, but they only visit occasionally. That’s the reason we at SCAN jumped at the opportunity to run a year-long pilot program on Tablet Technology this past spring.
We were one of only seven organizations selected to run this pilot project.
The idea was to give free computer tablets, free internet access, and training to a group of people who had never used much technology before. And guess what? This pilot program (really called the “Digital Aging Mastery Program) worked. Within weeks, we saw our participants becoming part of a community—with each other and through their new tablets. They were up and running—contacting friends and relatives through Skype and email; keeping up with the news; and even using their tablets to read books and look at videos. Each week all 25 seniors continue to show up, not just because of their connection with the tablets, but to be with their new friends. We have built a genuine community at the Y.
Spurred by this success, we want to run a second workshop in 2016. Help us raise enough money to do that. Our initial funding only covered the pilot. We need $10,000 to follow up with a second program. That’s why we are participating in this wonderful OceanFirst Charity Challenge. The Challenge only runs through May 15. We need you contribute, since the Challenge requires matching dollars. Large or small, any contribution is appreciated. Every dollar counts.
Then go to our website at www.scannj.com to find out about our many other programs, events, and activities, which enrich the lives of those over 50 in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Or come visit to learn more about us, volunteer, or even take a class or two. We are located in the Monmouth Mall and can be reached by phone at (732) 542-1326.
With great appreciation and a big thank you!
The SCAN staff