Just because one is—ahem, mature—doesn't mean that one can't grasp the difference between a computer chip and a potato chip. It's a myth that anyone over 65 is intractably computer illiterate; all that's needed, whether you're young or old, is a little basic knowledge.
That's what high school seniors Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday thought when they started a community effort to help seniors get cyber-savvy. For a school project, the sisters taught their grandparents how to use the internet, and watched as it transformed their lives and brought the entire family closer by allowing everyone to stay in touch several times a week using e-mail, Facebook, and Skype. Inspired by these positive changes, the sisters launched a "Cyber-Seniors" program to help other seniors get online. The program, which matched young, computer-whiz mentors with seniors, was wildly successful and eventually became the subject of a documentary film.
In association with Area 23a Movi(e)vents and Camas Technology Specialists, Liberty Theatre in downtown Camas will present the only two screenings of "Cyber-Seniors" in Southwest Washington. The film will be shown at 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, with a mentor/networking party between screenings, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $4. To learn more about the film, visit www.cyberseniorsdocumentary.com.