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Griffin's Good Life: Technology and seniors

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

There's an old saying that goes something like old dogs can learn new tricks. Luckily, the same can be said for people.

Classes at Randle T Moore Senior Center are far from ordinary. Those in the class are all senior adults in their 60's, 70's and 80's. Standard courses like reading, writing and arithmetic aren't taught here.

"It's true our class is not reading, writing or arithmetic but I wonder what the three E's are these days – electronic devices are really coming on strong and everyone regardless of their age is looking for the ability to connect with this modern technology" says John Bogan.

That's what this weekly class at the Senior Center which meets on Friday's at 10 am is all about. Co-sponsored by the Caddo Council on Aging and SPAR, seniors here are learning what the Internet is and how to use the various devices ranging from mobile phones to laptops to desktops that can connect users to the Internet.

"I think it's important for people over sixty. It can be an isolating time. You can get more and more separated from people and the Internet and these devices offers a chance to connect with people around the world and in your community right next door and all those things" says Bogan.

As for the older generation, being too old to learn the new technology and how to use the Internet, the members don't agree.

Carol Copeland, 78, says "we can handle it. We just have to learn. We have to be able to speak the language and I'm not able to speak computer language yet."

"Oh yes you can learn it. It takes a diligent study and takes mistakes, it takes time and it takes research and it takes any kind of help you can get but it's learnable" says 76 year-old Lou Lindanger.

Elizabeth Dominick, 68, says "we have to really try so we can stay in tune with our children and grandchildren because people are living longer and we need to stay more focused on the future than the past."

For these seniors, this technology class is a part of the "good life". Learning what will carry you into the future. As for those that say seniors haven't caught up with technology, Bob Griffin saw a survey on pewinternet.org which said that 53 percent of the people 65 and over in the U.S. use the Internet or email. And, with a class like this, that number is likely to grow.

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