Senior Student Discovers Power of Internet

Photo of John RogersInternet surfing, if done even only for a week, stimulates areas of the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning in middle-aged and older adults with little internet experience…Mr. Rogers is no exception!

John Rogers, a senior student at the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless started his basic computer training by learning how to use Google Maps on the Internet. With the click of a mouse, he was able to take a digital walk down memory lane and view landmark images from his hometown. Working one-on-one with our Trainer, he visited the house he was born in, the school he attended and his first girlfriend’s house. The positive experience sparked John’s curiosity further and opened up a new door of digital possibilities.

A week after learning to use Google Maps, he created new Gmail and Facebook accounts and reconnected with long lost family and friends. This wasn’t enough for John. As a musician, he began to think about how he could use his new computer skills to share his Blues harmonica music. To assist John with his new digital project, our Trainer videotaped him playing the harmonica in the computer lab at the ARCH. John then learned how to upload the video to YouTube, edit the clip and share the file using his new Facebook account.

As a result of the positive comments and words of encouragement on Facebook, our trainer recently helped John create a basic WordPress website to showcase his music. At the moment John is just learning how to use the keyboard to enter the content on his website, but he is determined to eventually learn the steps to create a website.

John R-Jammin“Jammin’ John” as he calls himself, asks that we “Check it out” and know that he’s “Doing GOOD!”

John is a great example of how technology can impact a senior’s quality of life.

“Technology and user-friendly gadgets have helped senior citizens unleash a new power buried within them which they themselves did not know until now”

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Research Source:
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