Valley woman teaching social media at senior center

Posted at 4:50 AM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-12 10:06:24-04

Amy Hoster scrolls through her Facebook page, it's something she does every day just like her grandfather.

"My grandfather is 97 and he's on Facebook, he's on Twitter," said Hoster. It's something she expects to see every day. "For me, when I wake up every morning and I see that on my Facebook account, I know he's ok."

That's why she started this class at the Mariposa Point of Surprise, an assisted living community. So yes, she's teaching seniors all about social media.

According to Facebook's latest figures, as of June of this year, there were 2.1 billion monthly active users. So this class lets seniors catch up with a lot of people. "A lot of times they pre-dated cars," said Hoster. "They've watched technology grow so I can see why it's overwhelming."

Overwhelming, yes, but there's a benefit to all of this as well.

They'll be learning to post and take selfies but they'll also be able to stay up to date with family.

"When you see grandma or you see mom and dad, you know that they're well versus when you hear them on the phone. Nothing is better than a picture."