Assemblyman McDonald and AT&T hold cellphone training for older adults

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Assemblyman John McDonald joined forces with AT&T Thursday for a workshop teaching older adults how to use smart phones and tablets.

AT&T experts were on hand to help older adults learn how to properly use tablet computers and smartphones to get better connected with family and friends.

The workshop was free to attend and attendees did not need to be AT&T customers.

The event followed several recent studies involving older people and technology.

A new Pew Research study shows that while the majority of adults ages 65 and over are already using the internet and cell phones, 77% of older adults indicated that they need someone to help walk them through the process of using a new technology such as a smartphone or tablet.

Two other new studies show that a familiarity with the internet may significantly reduce the probability of depression and cognitive decline in people over 50.

The workshop was part of AT&T’s new “Digital You” program, which provides community education events for people of all ages to learn more about how to safely and properly use communication technology.

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