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    Posted November 26, 2012 by
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    Local Seniors Get 'Fast Forward' on Digital Communications at "AT&T Reconnect Tour"

    Area seniors learned how to master today’s latest communications technology—at no cost to them—courtesy of AT&T and Woodland Pond at New Paltz, the mid-Hudson Valley’s newest continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The nationwide AT&T Reconnect Tour was offered to residents and the general public in two workshops on Nov. 7 and 8, at Woodland Pond. Turn out among seniors was excellent and attendees reported finding it both informative and fun.

    “Our residents include many retired educators, professors, and business executives, who are constantly striving to stay on the cutting edge of the latest digital technology,” said Bob Seidman, executive director for Woodland Pond at New Paltz. “We knew immediately that they would appreciate this “Reconnect” opportunity. We also saw the program as an ideal way to introduce other intellectually-engaged seniors in the area to Woodland Pond.”

    Each of the workshops consisted of sessions that educated participants on a range of topics including text messaging, apps, video calling, e-books and photo sharing. The program provided “hands-on” instruction on the latest in mobile phones, tablets, and a range of other popular technologies.

    The AT&T Reconnect Tour, in alliance with Senior TechRALLY™, was designed to educate citizens across the United States on smart phones, tablets and more. Instructors guide participants through a variety of exercises that help seniors stay organized, entertained, and connected to friends and family. Instructors led sessions and answered questions while walking attendees through the functions of each digital device, teaching them to stay connected with those they care about.

    Photo 1: Seniors enjoy mastering digital devices at the recent Reconnect event at Woodland Pond.

    Photo 2: Woodland Pond resident Irving Chaite learns how to use a tablet at the Reconnect Tour.

    Photo 3: Vivian Stoner, Deborah Idaka, and Jean Suttmeier enjoy watching videos on their tablets at the AT&T Reconnect Tour hosted by Woodland Pond.
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