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Tutors teach seniors new high tech tricks

High school students studying computer tech or involved with the National Honor Society sign up to teach local senior citizens about Facebook, Skype, smartphones, even something as seemingly simple as a camera

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A week after Christmas, many Americans are no doubt trying to figure out how to use the high-tech gadgets they got as gifts. This can be especially challenging for seniors. But a number of programs across the country are finding just the right experts to help usher older adults into the digital age.

For Pamela Norr, of Bend, Ore., the light bulb went off as she, yet again, was trying to help her own elder parents with a tech problem. To whom did she turn?

"My teenage kids," she says.

Norr happens to head the Central Oregon Council on Aging, and thus was born TECH — Teenager Elder Computer Help.

Listen to this great story from NPR for more inspiration


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Along the same lines, there is a documentary coming out soon about a similar program:

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So great to see you in our challenge Svava! Thanks for joining in :)

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Really interesting that the teenagers talk about how this teaches them empathy (a valuable skill!) Sounds like a win-win to me :^)