We often associate the “golden years” with added leisure time. Time to take the long vacations not permitted by the workaday world, time to pursue interests that the hectic schedules of the past would not permit. We aren’t travel agents and won’t offer advice about where to take your vacation. But we CAN help you use personal technology to make planning your vacation more convenient. You can book flights, reserve hotels, print boarding passes and rent cars without leaving your home. Once you’re away, take lots of pictures on your digital camera, then share them with us without using film or visiting the photo lab. You don’t even have to be home yet.
Our one-on-one, individualized approach to training is tailor-made for folks who are trying to use “new” ways to do “old” things like vacation planning, keeping in touch with family and friends, and obtaining information. You may enjoy the social aspects of classroom training. But sometimes transitioning your knowledge from the classroom systems to your home or office causes problems, particularly when the system configurations are different. Our approach “eliminates the middleman” and identifies potential trouble while the trainer is still present.
We tailor our training to the individual, not his or her age. Having said that, we’ve observed that many seniors have common interests. Here’s a list, with associated technology products in parentheses:
- Organizing photographs and sharing them t,electronically (Picassa)
- Using scanners and digital cameras to capture images and transfer them to computers
- Preparing presentations about travel or subjects of interest (Microsoft PowerPoint, OpenOffice.org Impress)
- Keeping in touch through email (Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Yahoo! Mail, Windows Live), social networking (Facebook) and electronic documents (Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org Writer)
- Obtaining medical and financial information (Internet Explorer, Firefox)
- Creating greeting cards and newsletters (Microsoft Publisher)