As part of our Ontario Seniors’ Month initiative, North Simcoe Muskoka Specialized Geriatric Services (NSM SGS) has begun to distribute different types of technology to our NSM long-term care homes, supporting the implementation through the help of our two talented summer students.
Read on to meet our students - Nic and Jordan - who talk about experiences they’ve had or knowledge they’ve acquired, that make them the perfect complement to our technology roll-out.
“My name is Nic and I’m a third year Business student at Wilfrid Laurier University. I feel like I am a great fit for this position due to my previous experiences and current passions. I have always found technology to be incredibly interesting. Growing up in a household that was passionate about the care of older adults, I firmly believed there was an opportunity to marry the two together. I volunteered at a local retirement home running a program called “Cyber Seniors” where I taught a group of older adults how to use their iPads in day-to-day life. I taught everything from how to send emails to helping integrate keyboards for different languages as many of these adults were writing down messages on paper in their native tongue to then take a picture and send it to their friends and family.”
“Hi – my name is Jordan and I’m in my final year of postgraduate studies in public health and occupational safety at Toronto Metropolitan University. I have worked with older adults for the past few years. Through my experience working in a retirement home, as well as taking older adults and determinants of health courses throughout my undergrad, has given me a strong understanding of the prevalence of social isolation in older adults and how digital literacy can possibly help to bridge this disconnect gap. I look forward to seeing how technology will build or enhance a sense of community in the lives of older adults!”
Nic and Jordan, along with SGS staff, will be taking the different technologies to long-term care homes, providing knowledge and advice on how to use the equipment, not only for residents but staff as well, so that going forward, staff will be able to assist residents when they need some help.
On June 13, 2023, we will be hosting a media event at IOOF Barrie, as part of our Seniors’ Month technology roll-out - a way of showcasing how different modes of technology can support, enable and enhance the lives of older adults.
Watch this space.