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PAMF Innovation Center Hosts Tech Day for Seniors

Event Helps Seniors Keep Connected Through Technology

Thanks to Tech Day for Seniors, a day-long learning event on May 17, 2014 organized by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, more than 60 older adults from the Bay Area improved their ability to use personal computing devices and online communications services and tools. The Innovation Center hosted this unique event together with the Los Altos Recreation Department at the Los Altos Senior Center. Other partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), all based in Los Altos, and the Stanford Alumni Association, Palo Alto.

Research shows that older adults who connect virtually with friends and family feel less isolated and have improved overall well-being and good health. During this unique event, more than 80 volunteers provided older adults with hour-long, one-on-one tutorials to help them understand how to use their personal computing and communication devices to stay connected. Participants learned how to:

  • Connect with loved ones on Skype or FaceTime
  • Create a social network account on Facebook
  • Use laptops, tablets and smartphones effectively
  • Join and participate in linkAges TimeBank, the Innovation Center’s free service exchange network for all ages
PAMF's Innovation Center team showcased linkAges at Tech Day for Seniors. Pictured l. to r. behind table: Charles Young, Ph.D., senior software architect, Vandana Pant, senior director strategic initiatives, Paul Tang, M.D., M.S., vice president and chief innovation and technology officer, and  Christina Araiza, community engagement manager.

PAMF’s Innovation Center team showcased linkAges at Tech Day for Seniors. Pictured l. to r. behind the table: Charles Young, Ph.D., senior software architect; Vandana Pant, senior director strategic initiatives; Paul Tang, M.D., M.S., vice president and chief innovation and technology officer; and Christina Araiza, community engagement manager.

A team from the Innovation Center also provided information about the components of linkAges, a multigenerational network that supports aging in the community. Current members of the linkAges TimeBank were on hand to put into practice their community-building skills with older adults.

The event connected volunteers and participants aged from the teens to the 80s, with everyone learning from each other.

“These multi-generational exchanges and networks help to build a better future and change lives,” says Anabel Pelham, Tech Day for Seniors participant, professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University and founding director of CAFE.

About the Palo Alto Medical Foundation

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) for Health Care, Research and Education is a not-for-profit health care organization that is a pioneer in the multispecialty group practice of medicine. Founded in 1930, PAMF is part of the Peninsula Coastal Region of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community-based health care providers. Sutter Health’s Peninsula Coastal Region also includes Mills-Peninsula Health Services. PAMF’s 1,300 affiliated physicians and 5,400 employees serve more than 800,000 patients at its medical centers and clinics in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Follow PAMF on Facebook, Twitter and our blog.

About the David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation

The David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation was launched in 2010 and acts to invent, catalyze and deploy breakthrough innovations as a partner in advancing the health and wellbeing of communities. The Center applies human-centered design and leverages technology to create scalable solutions that address the pressing health challenges of our time. Follow the Innovation Center on Facebook and Twitter.