Senator Kemp Hannon
6th District New York
Community joins to Teach Seniors How to Use Their Cell Phones

In a world where kids are tech savvy and their grandparents are often struggling to keep up, 12 and 13 year-old middle school students from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County Middle School joined AT&T, the Bristal Assisted Living Community, New York State Senator Kemp Hannon and Nassau County Acting Commissioner of Senior Citizen Affairs Lisa A. Murphy to teach Nassau County Senior Citizens how to more fully use their cell phones.

“For many senior citizens learning the basic tasks, like retrieving voicemail, saving phone numbers and setting up speed-dial numbers, can be a tremendous help, especially in emergency situations,” said New York State Senator Kemp Hannon. “Learning how to text can keep them in daily contact with their grandchildren and other family members.”

According to a study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, 64 percent of seniors use cell phones. While that doesn't approach the 92 percent level of cell phone use among younger Americans, it is growing faster than seniors' use of computers and other digital devices.

“Although many seniors have cell phones, these one-on-one sessions provided an opportunity to get hands-on training on any question, such as voicemail, setting up an address book, and even texting,” said Lara Serro,  Executive Director of the Bristal Assisted Living Community in East Meadow. “The Bristal was pleased to invite our neighbors to join residents of the Bristal for this vital training session.”

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Senator Kemp Hannon, Commissioner Murphy and students teach Shirley Rothenberg how to take photos using her cell phone.

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