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Thermopolis Hosts Second Senior High Tech

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Hot Springs County residents can receive free one-on-one tutoring on their cell phones and other mobile devices thanks to high school students from Hot Springs County High School on March 19 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center.

The event, called Senior High Tech, is a collaboration between Hot Springs County High School students, as well as AARP Wyoming and the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center. The training is free and there is no requirement to be an AARP member in order to take part in the event. In addition to the tech tutoring, a free lunch, courtesy of AARP Wyoming, will be available on March 19. Attendees are encouraged to bring a mobile device or laptop to the training.

AARP Wyoming has been sponsoring Senior High Tech events for two years with the first series of Senior High Tech events happening thanks to a collaboration between AARP’s Goshen County Community Group, the Goshen County Senior Friendship Center, as well as students from Lingle-Fort Laramie High School’s student council and Future Business Leaders of America groups.

At each event, a group of students from the local high school provides one-on-one tutoring sessions to those age 50 and over in the community. During past Senior High Tech events, high school students have helped citizens with questions such as finding old emails, sending photos to loved ones, or adding apps to the phone. These are typically easy answers to offer and the library does have WIFi, allowing for work online.

AARP Wyoming supports the events as they help address issues with social isolation, both in-person at Senior High Tech events, as well as by helping those age 50 and over to better engage online. According to studies, social isolation has the same health impacts as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

Senior centers, or service organizations interested in holding a Senior High Tech in your community can contact Tanya Johnson at: tajohnson@aarp.org.

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