San Francisco , California
Tech Allies, a program that will connect 75 older adults, many homebound, to the Internet and provide them with devices and digital skills they need to use the Internet independently and safely. As a result, Tech Allies expects that seniors will experience decreased feelings of isolation and an increased sense of connection, empowerment, and health. Funding from the GIVE 65 will support planning, implementing and evaluating the impact of the program as well as the partial cost of home Internet access for participants. Tech Allies will build from LBFE's successful model of matching elders with volunteers, who come to their home twice a month to visit and assist them in a variety of ways. Since the volunteer already knows the elder and has their trust, these volunteers are the best people to assist them in the challenge of crossing the digital divide.
Tech Allies will help the seniors: use video conferencing applications (Facetime and Skype) to see family and friends; learn to use search engines; access news; connect with health providers; and access online banking, food delivery and entertainment services and information. Tech Allies also empowers elders to manage online content so it is accessible, helping them learn how to increase font size, increase volume, or pause and replay videos when someone is talking too fast.
" I never got to have an education, so that fact that I have this opportunity to learn the internet… I'm just flabbergasted" "You can do so many things on that magic screen"
Thanks for your support." Emil, an LBFE elder particiapting in the Tech Allies program.
Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer, to people of good will, the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and the celebration of life.