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Tablet Engaged Active Minds – The TouchTEAM Approach

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

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Includes Complimentary CEUs

This presentation focuses on TouchTEAM workshops, which are an activity-oriented exploration of mobile device applications beneficial to older adults with cognitive impairment and those who care for them. Although forgetfulness can be frustrating for those experiencing it, and for their loved ones, the workshops bring into focus how joyful moments can be created, saved, shared and relived through tablets. The Santa Cruz Public Library hosts the workshops and provides iPads. One of the apps used for reminiscing exercises, called Stories Etc., enables attendees to record photo and video stories that can made into an ebook and shared with family, to enjoy again and again. Join Tablet Engaged Active Minds creator and gerontologist Debby Dodds, as well as her partners, Janis O’Driscoll, manager, Programs and Partnerships at Santa Cruz Public Libraries and Patrick Tally, creator of the app Stories Etc., as they share this innovative approach to successful aging.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify four areas of tablet-based activities beneficial for older adults with memory loss;
  • Understand the community service model of the Santa Cruz Public Library and how it can help support community members aging in place; and,
  • Learn to digitally record and share stories that enhance the caregiving relationship.


Debby Dodds is a gerontologist who believes engaging with personal technology is beneficial to those living with memory loss and their caregivers. Her goal is to support aging in community with personal technology and novel partnerships, resulting in improved person- and family-centered care.
Janis O’Driscoll is the manager of Programs and Partnerships at Santa Cruz Public Libraries, where she helps libraries connect with members of the community they serve.  
Patrick Tally has been involved in technology for 32 years, and has written books on parenting and adult relationships as well as children’s books. He is also an award-winning nature photographer.


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