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SAGE Pairs Teens with Seniors to Offer Free Cellphone Help for Older Adults

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Fourteen-year-old volunteer Tarun Sethi teaches Thelma Wasserman how to FaceTime and get email on her phone. Credits: SAGE Eldercare
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SUMMIT, NJ – Ninety-two years young, Thelma Wasserman can finally use her cell phone properly thanks in large part to a new program offered through SAGE Eldercare, Teen Smartphone Support.

The free program, teams a tech-savvy teenager with an older adult in the adult’s home to answer all their cell phone questions. Sessions include learning to FaceTime, use Facebook, text, check the weather, e-mail, take photos and more.

Wasserman’s son gave her a cell phone one year ago, but she didn’t know how to use it. “I had no knowledge, just aggravation,” she said. Since getting help, she can now see photos of her four grandchildren, make calls and recently she had her first FaceTime call with her son in Kentucky.

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“It was great. My son was so excited too, but I look awful in that little picture,” she said laughing. Free tutoring sessions are available in Summit, Berkeley Heights, Chatham, New Providence, Millburn, Short Hills, Mountainside and Springfield.

To schedule an appointment, call 908-598-5548 or contact education@sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare has, since 1954, been focused on "helping to make the communities it serves amazing places to age."  The organization provides a wide array of information, support, and services designed to help individuals lead the most independent and active lives possible, from helping with errands, to exercise classes, community programs, care planning, and home health care.

SAGE’s expertise helps older adults remain independent in their own homes. For more information, call 908-273-5550 or visit sageeldercare.org.

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