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Ralston Center Joins Generations on Line to Help Older Adults Become Tech Savvy

Partnership aims to reduce barriers of access and improve Internet and tablet use 

Philadelphia, PA, June 27, 2017 – Today Ralston Center announced a partnership with Generations on Line to help older adults get online by improving skills, and reducing intimidation and barriers of access, particularly for low and moderate income seniors.

“Generations on Line can guide someone who has never touched a computer learn to use the Internet, email and other basic tools needed to be connected,” said Tobey Gordon Dichter, M.Ed., Founder and CEO of Generations on Line. “Our goal is to expand and enhance our proven intervention called “Sip & Swipe Cafes®” in a joint program with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging  that provides effective digital literacy training for older adults. Our purpose is to reduce the digital divide for seniors and create a simple, free option for learning.”

Ralston Center’s role in this effort will include identifying appropriate venues for “Sip & Swipe Cafes®,” assist in publicizing the free, simple training with the use of publicly available devices and identify and recruit volunteer coaches.

Sip & Swipe Cafes® are a place where adults 60 and older are taught computer skills (e.g., swiping) in a warm (coffee-drinking) venue. They can be anywhere the space, volunteer coaches and tablets are available. What makes this free program different is Generations on Line onscreen tutorial provides a step-by-step guide on the tablets in large type, familiar language, and friendly icons to guide users to the World Wide Web, email and more.

“Tobey served on the advisory committee of Ralston Age-Friendly West Philadelphia Initiative and has been a part of our Age-Friendly Resource Network program from the start,” said Jennifer Russell, Director of Programs at Ralston Center.  “Partnering with Generations on Line to expand their reach in to the aging community is a perfect match for Ralston’s work in responding to and creating opportunities for older adults to live fuller, more independent lives.”