The Deaconess Associations Foundation (DAF) recently provided some new technology to local seniors living in Deaconess communities. Residents at the Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community and in Clifton and Cottingham Retirement Community in Sharonville are now enjoying new touch-screen “Wow” computers designed specifically with seniors in mind. The computers have a big bright screen with “Zoom” capability and a simplified interface to allow seniors to view photos, play games, send emails and surf the World Wide Web.
At Scarlet Oaks, residents recently celebrated the grand Re-Opening of the Bahmann Computer Lab, during which the new computers were unveiled. According to the Scarlet Oaks Activities Director, the Bahmann Center was founded several years ago by the Bahmann Foundation. That organization was started by twins Emma and Laura Bahmann. The women were Cincinnatians born and raised in College Hill. As young women, they attended Sacred Heart Academy on Lafayette Ave in Clifton. It is perhaps the fond memories they had of their time there that they decided to move to Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community as they downsized their estate. They lived out the rest of their days here at Scarlet Oaks. Being philanthropic in nature, these women made the decision to form the Bahmann Foundation, whose primary mission is to reduce isolation among the disadvantaged elderly through technology. Their legacy of generosity continues to bless the residents of Scarlet Oaks and the greater Cincinnati community.
At Cottingham Retirement Community, residents are enjoying “one on one sessions” with volunteer Riley Whitehouse (pictured). Riley spent 30 minutes each with several residents to show them how to use the computer and help get them on to the “information superhighway”. Karen Corso, Activities Director at Cottingham says the sessions were very successful and the residents are really enjoying the “Wow” system.
Both Scarlet Oaks and Cottingham are grateful to Deaconess Associations Foundation for making these new resources available to seniors in their communities. Pat Ward (pictured), executive director at Deaconess Associations Foundation said “This is new technology that will help seniors remain independent in their homes, whether that home is in a neighborhood or retirement community. We are happy to help bring the technology to Scarlet Oaks and Cottingham for the benefit of the residents.