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Technology no match for grandma with a wish

May 31, 2012
By Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent

It's a high-tech world out there. For Louise Joachim, a gift from that technological world has served as the catalyst between her and the e-mails and photos she has been anxious to respond to, compose, and view on her very own iPad.

Having received the iPad from her daughter, Joachim, a resident at Shepherd of the Valley Poland's Assisted Living facility, needed help with its usage.

Fortunately for Joachim, she was the recipient of one of Shepherd of the Valley's Second Wind Dreams, wherein, her wish to be trained on the iPad pad came to fruition in the form of Krissy Cutchall and Tim Achberger, both of SOV Corporate Office IT Department.

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Photo by Kathleen Palumbo , Town Crier correspondent
Louise Joachim, a resident of Shepherd of the Valley Poland, recently received her Second Wind Dream in the form of assistance on how to use her iPad. Pictured is Joachim with Tim Achberger, of SOV Poland’s corporate office IT Department, who, joined by Krissy Cutchall, spent an afternoon bringing Joachim into the realm of the digital world.

Founded in 1997, according to its website, Second Wind Dreams is an international non-profit organization intent on enhancing the quality of life for those living in eldercare communities.

Through Shepherd of the Valley's participation in the program, Joachim's two new tech-savvy friends paid a visit to her residence on Wednesday, May 23, assisting the soon to be 89-year-old with everything she needs to know to keep in touch with her two children, David Joachim, and Lynn Bell, and her six grandchildren.

"Her children got the iPad for her so she could keep up with the grandchildren," said Paula Blakeman, SOV-Poland activity director. "She has been having problems getting emails and the pictures the grandkids have sent. She really wants to learn as much as she can and be comfortable with it."

With the staff of SOV Poland making a genuine party out of the experience, the day was complete with beverages and a dessert tray, as well as a gift basket complete with iPad accessories for Joachim.

Yes, it's a high-tech world out there, but thanks to the caring staff of SOV Poland, Joachim, who has never been on a computer, and who said "I went from A-S-D-F on a typewriter to this," may now find it much easier to keep up with the times.

As her tech helpers explained to her that she can not only view a photo on her iPad, but take one on it and then share with family and friends, "Well, isn't that the coolest thing," exclaimed Joachim.



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