ECPI University Students and SSSEVA Partner to Serve Southside Seniors
“I have a Facebook account set up for me by my children, but other than seeing what others are saying and doing, I am not quite sure how to use it,” says Winfred Felton, a 70-something Virginia Beach resident. “I’m looking forward to taking the class and getting more in touch with the lives of my kids and grandkids. It’s better late than never.”
Felton and about 20 other seniors will soon get the opportunity to learn about social media courtesy of university students and a seniors assistance group. Seven students and faculty from ECPI University will instruct the seniors as part of a program between the university and the Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia (SSSEVA). The organization operates and coordinates programs that assist Southside seniors age 60 and older, their families and caregivers, as well as providing a resource for adults with disabilities.
Most of the participating seniors have some computer/internet skills. Students will build on that foundation to teach basic operations and uses of Facebook and help seniors create their own pages. The “Never Too Old For Facebook “class will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29 at ECPI University’s Medical Careers Institute at 5501 Greenwich Road, Suite 100 in Virginia Beach. On May 12 the school held a “Never Too Old For Technology” class about texting to another group of seniors from SSSEVA. The media is welcome to attend the upcoming Facebook instruction.