Photo By: Courtesy of BridgePoint at Los Altos
Alex Gerasimov, wellness director at BridgePoint at Los Altos, assists residents with computer training classes as part of the senior community’s lifelong learning program, a collaboration with TechHeroes.
BridgePoint at Los Altos, a senior living community, has partnered with local high school students to keep residents abreast of the fast-paced world of technology.
As the Internet has become part of everyday life, BridgePoint at Los Altos, a Kisco Senior Living facility, is committed to educating its residents and area seniors on the usefulness of online technology as part of its lifelong learning programs. BridgePoint fosters education via a partnership with TechHeroes to provide Internet training and orientation for its residents.
In an effort to bridge the digital divide for seniors, the Tech- Heroes program promotes increased mental health and aptitude with a supported, effective use of technology, according to program organizers. TechHeroes, whose mission is “Bridging the digital divide through compassion, innovation and inspiration,” is a service learning opportunity for high school students, who tutor seniors to access technology, increasing their connection with the world, their loved ones and a wealth of knowledge.
Residents are learning how to create personal websites and blogs, research information on their families and friends, watch videos, shop, email and use social media. They start from the beginning by creating an email account and continue until they master Skyping with loved ones, taking photos and printing, creating digital art, listening to music, watching movies, playing games, researching the Web for medical information and more.
Offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays, TechHeroes is led in collaboration with Palo Alto High School junior Winston Ge and the wellness team at BridgePoint.
“We have found from our roll-out plan that blogging, photography, social media and sharing hobbies are of the most interest to our residents,” said Alexsander Gerasimov, wellness director at BridgePoint. “Although we have offered ‘Learn the Internet’ classes over the past few years, TechHeroes’ purpose brings the Internet and residents to another level.”
Kisco’s lifelong learning programs engage six dimensions of wellness – physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and vocational. The approach to wellness promotes personal life balance and an optimistic can-do attitude for residents, associates and family members.
BridgePoint at Los Altos, located at 1174 Los Altos Ave., offers licensed assisted-living and independent-living studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. The facility offers a wellness program, heart-healthful meals prepared daily, housekeeping services and a full calendar of activities.
To participate in TechHeroes courses or for more information, call BridgePoint at 948-7337 or visit www.LifeatBridgePoint.com or www.facebook.com/BridgePointLosAltos.