Over the last two years, BAPA and the 19th Ward have sponsored free technology focused workshops for area adults that were hosted by Smith Village and Mercy Circle and led by expert Claire DiCola Richards. The programs were well attended and provided much needed information in an everchanging world of technology.
BAPA and the 19th Ward recently surveyed seniors who participated in the workshops for feedback on their experiences. More than 60 percent of survey respondents were satisfied with the program and more than 75 percent said they would recommend attending to a friend or neighbor. Additionally, respondents indicated the benefits of adding one-on-one assistance during the program.
“We have learned a lot in our recent survey about these tech sessions. Now with the information shared by more than 70 respondents, we will add new topics and experiences for both of the three-part series planned this year. For example, we plan to organize seating according to the kind of device whether it be an iPhone, Samsung, Motorola or other device,” said Mary Jo Viero, BAPA executive director, “This way, we can provide more hands-on assistance that addresses the specifics of certain brands.”
The tech workshops also will offer a more individualized approached because 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and Viero are recruiting tech savvy students to work with groups and individuals during each interactive presentation.
The survey provided much needed direction on topics including several requests to review basic functions, and cover how to take, save and share photographs and how to employ safety and security precautions with different devices.
“We strive to serve our constituents by providing high quality free programming of interest to a specific group. We welcomed more 100 seniors to the Mercy Circle series last fall. We’re looking forward to providing several fresh reasons to return to this year’s sessions for those who attended our previous tech series,” said Ald. O’Shea. “We are gratified by the turnouts at both Smith Village and Mercy Circle. And we truly appreciate the thoughtful suggestions we received thanks to this survey.”
At a future date, BAPA and the 19th Ward will announce the schedule for the 2020 Smart Tech Seniors series to be hosted by Smith Village and Mercy Circle. In addition to announcements in future editions of The Villager and the 19th Ward Quarterly, participants in previous series who registered their e-addresses and those who responded to the survey will receive an email notification. The Eventbrite link will also be posted on both websites, www.bapa.org and www.the19thward.com.