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Program Connecting Older Adults with Technology in Lewis County Seeks Volunteer Digital Coaches and Participants

 

Published: March 17, 2023 at 02:30 p.m.

By: Media Release from COAT Program

 

 

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceBridging the digital divide improves older adultsí health and well-being!  

 

The Connecting Older Adults with Technology (COAT) Program actively seeks volunteers (Digital Coaches) and older adult participants (Digital Learners, must be 60+) in Cortland & Lewis Counties. COAT provides eligible Digital Learner participants with a free smart device (like a Lenovo Tablet) and a Digital Coach for six individual training sessions scheduled at the convenience of the learner and coach.  

 

During the training sessions, Digital Coaches will work with Digital Leaners to set up and familiarize them with the device, create an email account, review online safety tips to avoid scams, connect with family and friends online, find reliable health information, access telehealth services, and more. Coaching sessions will take place in May and June 2023. Older adults interested in participating as a Digital Learner must apply as space is limited.  

 

Volunteer training for Digital Coaches will begin March 27th in Lewis County and April 6th in Cortland County.  The first session is in person and the remaining sessions will combine volunteers from both counties for virtual training to prepare for the program kick-off event in each county. Volunteers of all ages needed. 

 

Kick-off events in each county are scheduled in early May.  At these events, Digital Learners will receive their Lenovo Smart Tab M10 FHD Plus, meet their personal Digital Coach, complete paperwork, and schedule their first session. 

 

Connecting Older Adults with Technology (COAT) is a health equity project of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) at the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute that addresses health literacy and social connection among older adults in rural Upstate New York.  The FLGEC is working with community-based organizations to promote the program, help recruit volunteers and partners, utilize space for training sessions, access transportation, and distribute and accept applications for the program.  Collaborating organizations include Lewis County Office for the Aging, North County Library System (Lewis), Access to Independence (Cortland), Seven Valley Health Coalition (Cortland) and The YMCA (Cortland).  Information on the program will be available at these locations. Please contact Karen Brown if you or your organization would like to help promote this program. 

 

For more information: https://www.ithaca.edu/gerontology-institute/programs-events 

 

Here is a short video with more information on COAT Digital Coaches. https://youtu.be/YIEoHSawKA8

 

 

 

 

 

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