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    Edgemere Residents Become Technology Savvy Thanks to the Help of UTD Students

     
    In today’s world of smart phones and tablets, seniors at Edgemere haven’t missed a beat in keeping up with the latest electronic devices. However, using these devices to their full potential can be a challenge. Last year, a group of UTD students took time away from their studies to come and spend time at Edgemere teaching residents how to use smart phones and tablets. This year, Edgemere residents requested a repeat class, and the UTD students generously obliged.

    “It’s a special thing to see the different generations spending time together and investing in one another’s lives,” said Lorraine Rose, lifestyles director at Edgemere. “We are so appreciative to the students for taking time away from their studies to come make sure our residents are familiar with all the options on their latest devices. Our residents love to learn, and keeping up the technological advances is a high priority. We are so grateful to these students.”

    Edgemere has a special partnership with UTD called The Good Neighbors Program, where UTD professors, staff and students go to Edgemere and give presentations on a wide range of topics. Edgemere residents also have the opportunity to attend events at UTD. The program is a great way to for both Edgemere and UTD to stay involved with the surrounding community. It was through The Good Neighbors Program that the idea of sending students over to teach a tech class came about.

    The students have a desire to help the residents as technology can be a real benefit in the lives of seniors. Research shows that once online, seniors are very enthusiastic about using technology and the internet for their interests.

    Most seniors agree that one of their favorite things about technology is the access to photos of family and friends both near and far. Sending and receiving emails and staying connected through social media can help seniors stay engaged and fight loneliness. It can also create a real support network online if they or loved ones are experiencing illness.

    Another benefit of technology is health apps designed to help seniors stay healthy and age well. These apps provide a multitude of information, from tracking symptoms, to steps taken daily, to apps that recommend stretches related to specific aches and pains.

    Seniors also enjoy going online to play games and to search for information and research topics of interest to them, all things that stimulate the mind.
    Thanks to the help of a willing group of students, Edgemere residents will continue to benefit from online resources and apps to help them age well.

    ABOUT EDGEMERE
    With 304 independent living apartment homes, 60 assisted living suites, 31 memory care private apartments, and 72 private rooms for dignified skilled nursing, Edgemere is the largest and most comprehensive life care retirement community in Dallas. The community is located in the Preston Hollow/Park Cities area at 8523 Thackery St. at Northwest Highway, Dallas, Texas 75225. The Plaza Health Services at Edgemere located on the same campus at 8502 Edgemere Road at Northwest Highway, offers assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory support services for Edgemere life care residents, as well as for others in the community.

    Edgemere, the only Masterpiece Living® community in Dallas, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit retirement community owned by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that owns sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, The Stayton at Museum Way in Fort Worth, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information, call (469) 619-0825 or visit www.edgemeredallas.com.

    Photo provided by Edgemere (left to right):
    1. UTD student Husnajn Shahid helps residents Nancy Broocks and Barbara Fraker with their devices.

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