On Sunday September 25th, Afidence employees gathered to donate their time at the Cyber Seniors event held at Cedar Village in Mason. We gathered to help bridge the gap between today’s technology and any senior citizen who was willing to let us help make their interactions with technology a little easier.
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When I first walked into the room at Cedar Village where the training was to take place, I was not sure what to make of it. A few of my fellow employees were already engaged with elderly residents. Diane Slovin, director of community outreach, approached me and pointed out an elderly man without a volunteer. As a new hire at AfidenceIT, this was my to be my first experience with the Cyber-Seniors program. This was AfidenceIT’s second event of the program. The first one took place in early May.
Benjamin Franklin was quoted saying, "He that can have patience can have what he will." Never underestimate the determination of an individual who has patience, purpose, and persistence. On Sunday, May 1st, the AfidenceIT team had the honor of leading the Cyber-Seniors event--an international campaign aimed at connecting the older adults with technology. The campaign is part of the Cyber-Seniors documentary, a heartwarming film that addresses the growing gap between the older adults and technology. The idea originated after two sisters, Macaulee (16) and Kascha Cassaday (18) saw the way technology transformed their grandparent's lives. One of our employees sent us the video, and we felt an instant call for action. Armed with a purpose, we partnered with Cedar Village, a not-for-profit retirement community in Mason, Ohio. We developed a cyber seniors program that involved donating 15 Chromebooks, leading three events, and organizing cyber buddy partnerships.