HONOLULU (KHON2) – Throughout the COVID pandemic, many people have relied on technology for meetings, classes, as well as reunions with friends and families.
For many older people, using technology can be a challenge; However, there is one course that introduces seniors to a whole new world. the Lanakila Kupuna Tech Class Wheels Meal was established in October 2021.
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Carol Burrows, 77, is a student in the Kupuna Tech class that started in October. Tech-wise, Burrows can email and find things on the internet, but there are still other aspects that she isn’t comfortable with.
“I’m not that comfortable with cell phones or a tablet,” added Burrows, who also said she always had a flip phone. “I never knew how to turn on a tablet, do anything on it.”
Burrows remained uncomfortable with this until she started these classes.
“This is an introductory technology course specially designed for seniors. Classes last one hour, twice a week for 12 weeks, ”explained Lori Lau, director of Lanakila Meals on Wheels.
The free classes began in October when almost everything required the use of technology in order for people to stay socially distant during the pandemic. Kupuna can take the course virtually or in person.
Additionally, Burrows said he learned to use a tablet, turn it on and off, and chat with other people. She also knows how to use an app to find out what type of plant she is looking at.
The next series of Kupuna Tech courses will begin at the end of January 2022. Those who wish to participate can register by sending an email to [email protected] or by calling (808) 220-9941.
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Those interested should register quickly as the number of devices available is limited.