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Cyber Seniors Project

Simcoe Muskoka Cyber Seniors Project

SMIFS is pleased to introduce the Cyber Seniors initiative to Simcoe Muskoka.  We applied for New Horizons for Seniors Funding, to purchase iPads for seniors that do not have access to a mobile device, and we were successful! 

The goal of this program is to increase family and social connectedness in seniors to reduce the risk of isolation.  The 14 week program introduces the senior to the basics of an iPad, then walks them through using email, texting, FaceTime or video calls, in an effort to make communication with family more accessible.  Facebook and YouTube will also be explored as will any other interest of the senior. 

To run these sessions we are partnering with our school boards in the region and have students in a mentorship role.  This intergenerational aspect will benefit the seniors, as they tend to really enjoy interacting with young people and don’t often get this opportunity. It will also provide a rich learning experience for the young people involved.

If you are interested in participating in this project please contact the project coordinator by email or by calling Your Health Connection at (705) 721-7520 or 1 877 721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

To host a site where the participants can meet weekly you will need

  • An accessible public location
  • Free WiFi

We are looking for students that want summer or outside of school volunteer hours, we will provide sign off for these hours.

 

 

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