Meridian Star

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November 17, 2013

There’s more to being a senior

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MERIDIAN — Volunteering: The Road to Recovery

    Road to Recovery is an American Cancer Society program designed to ensure that cancer patients have transportation to and from medical facilities for treatments. Volunteer drivers provide patients with a ride in order to keep them on their regular treatment schedule. Anyone who has a driver’s license, a safe driving record, personal automobile insurance, owns a car or has access to one, and has a little free time is encouraged to volunteer.  

    On Tuesday, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m., Lillie Willis will lead a training session for anyone who would give of their time at Anderson Regional Cancer Center, 1704  23rd Ave. Phone (601) 520-4740 (or email lillie.willis@cancer.org).

Volunteering: Our

Technological World

    Since Tom Milhorn came to us over six years ago, we have been filling our computer room of eight Hewlett Packards with students every five weeks. When his sister moved here, we hired her to teach. Tom has been volunteering his time, two classes a week.

    Last summer, Michael Remy told me he would like to teach classes on the use of iPhone and iPad. The response has been incredible! Word of mouth has been the best advertising for this engaging five-week night class.

    We are looking for someone willing/able to teach Windows 8 and another person to share their knowledge of Galaxy cell phones. People still ask about a class on eBay and Facebook. We just need that special person who has time to share.

    At one time, The Meridian Star published a column about the latest in computers, cell phones and other technology. Greg Bott was the writer of that column. He was gracious enough to spend a morning with a group here exploring their cell phones. The problem with such an "open" meeting as that one: Everyone had a different cell phone!

        Our eight Hewlett Packard desktop computers were donated to Meridian Activity Center nine years ago and have been updated twice. That was a Lauderdale County Council on Aging gift to the seniors of the area. If we were able to get someone to donate today, we’d ask for iPads or Kindles, etc. More and more seniors are replacing their home desktops for something more portable.

        However, with the line up of people wanting a Windows 8 class, we are searching for another volunteer who enjoys teaching. If you qualify, please give me a call at (601) 485-1812.

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