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Community - February 13, 2013

Savvy teens tutor seniors on tech

Seventeen-year-old Josh Lauder of Atherton is helping local seniors sharpen their technological skills. Josh is bringing 10 of his friends to Moldaw Residences in Palo Alto to hold one-on-one technology tutorials once a month for the senior residents. Helping organize the project is fellow Menlo School student Brock Cozad of Hillsborough.

Josh came up with the idea after helping his grandparents, Susan and Bill Heller of Atherton, navigate their Apple technology. He set up his grandfather's iPhone, taught him how to text and email, play chess, and read his favorite newspapers. He found enlarging the text helpful.

Josh says a lot of family members don't have the patience to help loved ones become tech savvy. "When we visit Moldaw, we will be extremely patient and I hope the seniors get a lot out of the sessions. I am sure we will all have a lot of fun," he says. Sessions will take place in the residents' apartments, using their own technological devices.

A growing number of seniors are part of the technology wave, with nearly 70 percent of adults 65 and over using mobile phones, more than half using email, and one-third of older Internet users appearing on Facebook, according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project.

Moldaw Residences is a senior living community located at 899 E. Charleston in Palo Alto.

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