PhillyBurbs.com – “Helping Seniors Connect”

Pace professor Jean Coppola (left), leads a program where students help teach senior citizens computer skills.

From the aricle:

The Chalfont-based company also has partnered with an intergenerational computing program at Pace University in Westchester County, N.Y., where students help senior citizens learn computer skills.

“When I saw it, I said to them, ‘Wow, this is the computer I’ve been waiting for,’ ” said Jean Coppola, the Pace University professor who leads the project. “The college students struggle over and over again because the older adult can’t get this mouse concept down. To double click to you and I is easy. It’s a struggle for them. To read an e-mail, it can take an hour.

The Telikin, developed by a Chalfont-based company of the same name, uses touch-screen technology to help senior citizens keep in touch with family.

“Everything confuses them on the screen. They’re afraid of breaking something. Forget it with a laptop. It’s just too small for them with their fingers, and don’t even think about a touch pad or a track point. They need specialized mice, which they can’t afford,” Coppola said.

Coppola said Telikin has also been agreeable to her suggestions on how to make the product even easier for seniors, many of whom crave the technological connection.

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