Microsoft the city of New York and Selfhelp Community Services unveiled their “Virtual Senior Center,” an innovative project that shows how cities can use technology to revitalize senior centers and enhance the lives of homebound seniors. “Virtual Senior Center links six homebound seniors (ranging in age from 67 to 103) to Selfhelp’s Benjamin Rosenthal Senior Center in Flushing, Queens. Each of the six seniors’ homes is equipped with a desktop computer running Windows 7 as well as a touch-screen monitor, a small video camera, a microphone and broadband Internet service. Video cameras and monitors have been strategically placed around the senior center to enable the homebound seniors to interact with classmates and instructors at the center, and to take part in activities such as armchair yoga, painting classes, current events discussions and tai chi,” noted Microsoft.
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