Queens Seniors Interact Online via NYC Pilot ProgramBy Laermer, Emily; Crain's New York Business,
Publication Date: March 8, 2010
Article features a pilot program that enables homebound older persons to attend classes at a senior center with the aid of information technology. The Virtual Senior Center pilot program, sponsored by Microsoft in collaboration with New York City’s Department for the Aging and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, includes six homebound seniors aged 67 to 103 years in the borough of Queens. The program has equipped participants’ homes with touch screen computers running Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system, along with digital video cameras and Internet access, so that the seniors can remotely take advantage of programs at a senior center in Flushing as well as communicate with friends and family members. The center’s classrooms are also equipped with cameras to enable the seniors to visit remotely.
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