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seniors learn to get comfortable with the latest technology By Kathy Dean

Contributing Editor


omputers, tablets and smartphones add comfort and convenience to people’s lives every day. With a few swipes or taps, anything from pizza to prescription refills can be ordered, and everything from car services to doctor appointments can be scheduled. Online shopping means that no one lives too far from a store to get what they need, whether it’s groceries, clothes or a car. There are weather apps that provide alerts to dangerous conditions and calendar apps that send out reminders for birthdays and appointments. Handheld devices keep shopping lists handy, list out TV programs and even help with crossword puzzle clues. Most importantly, everyone can keep in touch with family and friends through texting and social media sites, and that seems to be the most important benefit that technology offers to many older adults. In fact, Facebook’s 2014 demographics report showed that the number of adult users over the age of 55 had increased during the previous three-year period by more than 80 percent. Continued on page 4

Sandy Myers gets help with her iPhone from Pam Koch, a volunteer with Bluehair Technology, during a class held recently at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs.

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A volunteer ‘legend’ PHOTO BY JAMES BEAMAN

At Ronald McDonald House, Evan Blankenship, 7, plays on a donated teddy bear that volunteer Tom Umstead secured from Costco.

Tom Umstead is the type of person who can turn a newspaper’s photo op into an opportunity for charitable giving. That’s exactly what he did one recent morning. Umstead visited the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite to have his portrait made to run with this article. He appeared with his car’s trunk full of food, flowers and baby-care items he’d collected for the charity. Umstead, or “Mr. Tom” to those that know him, isn’t your typical part-time community volunteer. At age 82, he gives his time to several local charities and says he’s involved in one volunteer job or another seven days a week. “I’m living an unbelievable life,” said Umstead. “Over the years I’ve built so many great relationships.” The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in Sandy Springs reports he logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time from 2010 to 2015 at their facility alone. “He’s a volunteer legend,” Benson employee Bane Stojanovic said. Umstead now volunteers at the Benson Center at least three days a week, at Scottish Rite children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald Houses on other days, and still finds time to deliver donated food to missions and soup kitchens. “He’s amazing,” said Marissa Greider, director of development at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Out of all our volunteers, he is the most regular and frequent. He has developed

great bonds with staff and other volunteers. “What’s so incredible is that he came up with it himself,” Greider added. “Mr. Tom doesn’t look for appreciation. He does it because he finds gratification.” Ronald McDonald House Charities builds facilities that house families with children who are receiving medical care. Umstead says the Ronald McDonald Houses are special to him. “I love children,” he said. “I get so much more out of them than they can get out of me. They don’t expect anything. They just want you to play with them.” About 15 years ago, Umstead started collecting extra food from a Publix grocery store and delivering it to the Ronald McDonald Houses. At first he was just gathering the day-old bread, rolls, doughnuts and muffins that would have been thrown away. Then, the store started giving him more and more food and eventually flowers. Not long after that, Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe’s joined in, providing Umstead with enough goods to deliver donations seven days a week. Around the same time, Umstead and his wife, Lucrecia, began spending time with children at the Ronald McDonald Houses. She would read to the kids while Umstead would play with them. “I do arts and crafts. I play. Unfortunately I’m not good at the Nintendo Wii games,” Umstead said. “I tell them I’m trying.” ■

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In April of 2016, researchers at Penn State released findings that the upward trend has continued. In 2013, 27 percent of adults aged 65 and older were members of a social media site, like Facebook or LinkedIn. The number has jumped to 35 percent this year. Despite the many wonderful things that technology and the Internet offer, there are older adults who find it intimidating to jump online and begin surfing the net. There are plenty of helpful opportunities in the north Atlanta region, however. Computer classes are provided at libraries in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. For example, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library’s Kirkwood Branch has a Drop-In Computer Lab that’s available during normal operating hours. Some Cobb County libraries offer an ongoing series that goes through the basics of using a computer, getting online and using email. Several area library systems offer Book-A-Librarian. Residents can make an appointment for a one-on-one, 30-minute customized session at no charge. According to the Cobb County Public Library, “Available topics include…database assistance, library catalog and account instruction, downloadable media and device assistance and 3D printing.” The service is open to all library patrons. An Atlanta area organization, Bluehair Technology Group, is a 501c3 non-profit that specializes in connecting seniors with the digital world around them. Jane Ratliff, Founder and Executive Director of Bluehair Technology, helps seniors learn to enjoy their tablets, smartphones and computers. “All our students are bright and capable, and they can all learn; they just need to have the motivation,” she said. “It’s important to find out what’s important to them. Once they see the value in learning the technology, and once they understand what it can do for them, they’re very receptive.” According to Ratliff, many seniors want to learn to use their devices to send and receive text messages, as well as to take


TECH SAVVY seniors learn to get comfortable with the latest technology

“Americans of every age and income level need to have basic technological skills in today’s society, and it will only become more true in the future.” - Jane Ratliff of Bluehair Technology


Carole Maso scrolls through the ring tone options on her iPhone.

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and save photos. Others are interested in using email and Facebook, in addition to Facetime or Skype, to stay in touch with their families, especially their young grandchildren. That’s not all, of course. “They’re really open to any services that can make their lives easier, like a GPS to help them navigate on the road, or the Internet to search for information, check bank statements and enjoy the convenience of online shopping,” she explained. Ratliff said that she was inspired to start the organization in 2011, when helping her mother learn how to use her new iPad. The tablet was a birthday gift from Jane’s brother. He’d hoped their mother would use the iPad to keep in touch with family members all around the country, but it was going to take basic, step-by-step instruction for her to become comfortable with it since she’d had no previous computer experience. Ratliff’s patience and persistence paid off. She reported that, five years later, her mother, now 91, uses her iPad every day. “She stays connected with her family and friends through Facebook and regularly checks her bank statement. She also plays Words with Friends with five people, including me.” That’s not the end of the story, by any means. Through her mother’s experience, Ratliff realized that, these days, everyone needs technological skills. She founded Bluehair Technology to fulfill that purpose, specifically focusing on the senior population. It was formed as a non-profit so it could serve a wide range of seniors, through grants, sponsorships and other forms of funding. “People won’t be able to function in the future unless they can use the latest technology,” she said. “Americans of every age and income level need to have basic technological skills in today’s society, and it will only become more true in the future.” Karen Keeter, Instructor and Social Media Associate with Bluehair Technology, said that it can be challenging to

At the Top of His Tech


Above: Louise Hatcher gets assistance from volunteer Tom Starling. Below: Instructor Karen Keeter explains iPhone basics as Harriet Horton listens intently.

teach a class where there are wide differences in the levels of knowledge between students. She makes sure everyone stays focused so they stay on track and cover the entire curriculum. After retiring from IBM three years ago, Keeter looked for opportunities to stay involved in the latest technology. She explained that she always enjoyed working with seniors—in fact, she also volunteers time at the Jewish Home—so becoming an instructor with Bluehair Technology was a perfect fit. Bluehair Technology relies on its teachers and volunteers to keep offering their services. Ratliff said that instructors should not only have teaching skills and be willing to adapt to the curriculum, they must also be patient, have a clear voice and be able to control a room. “We’re always looking for volunteers and teachers, specifically skilled, patient teachers like Karen,” she said. “Many of our instructors are retired teachers, while others work in technological fields and donate part of their weekends to teaching.” This fall, Keeter has been teaching a class of seniors how to use their iPhones. The fourweek class meets on Saturday mornings at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs. Throughout the class, Keeter and the other

volunteers see students’ eyes light up when discovering some of the things their phones can do. “It’s rewarding when you see those ‘ah-ha moments’ where your students figure out how something works,” Keeter said. “I remember the first time one of my groups sent their first text messages, with selfies, to their kids and grandkids. There were big smiles all around, me included!” ■

Of course, plenty of older adults have been interested and involved in computers and digital technology for a long time. Programmers, computer specialists and software designers include people of all ages. One example is Gene Rubel (pictured right.) After retiring from a successful career in business and financial management, he began to think about what to do next. “Computers have been a hobby of mine for the last 50 years,” he explained. “During that time I’ve helped hundreds of people with their computers, and once I retired, I thought maybe I could turn my hobby into a business.” That business is Digital Device Doctor. It’s been keeping Rubel busy, and his clients sane, since he started it two years ago. While Rubel is happy to work with anyone of any age, he does prefer to limit his focus to Windows-based operating systems, as well as Apple and Android devices. “These days, the only Mac I work on is my wife’s!” he added. According to Rubel, a lot of his clients are older folks who can get overwhelmed by their computers and devices, and who haven’t been able to keep up with the latest technology. That’s where his extensive experience and knowledge of the latest advances really pays off. “I work a lot with networking issues, figuring out if a slow computer is due to a glitch in the computer itself or in the network connection. Sometimes the computers and devices have trouble syncing up. Often, it’s a security issue and I need to remove malware or ransomware,” Rubel explained. “But these are all solvable problems.” Along with solving all those problems, Rubel also offers consultations to clients on their purchases, including new computers, devices and any necessary equipment. He guides them on everything from password management to sorting and storing their digital photos. There’s even a weekly Digital Device Doctor newsletter. While all this keeps Rubel busy, that’s just fine with him. “I really like working with people. I don’t get frustrated, and I’m happy to take the time and answer their questions. There’s just one problem working with seniors,” Rubel said with a chuckle. “My biggest competitors are their kids and grandkids!” ■

Where to go to learn more… Bluehair Technology

Workshops and classes that focus on various tech topics are held throughout the Atlanta metro area. Examples of October offerings include iPhone Basics at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, Windows 10 Basics at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Atlanta and Cyber Sunday at the St. George Village Activity Center in Roswell. Visit to learn

more. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering is also invited to visit the site.

Local Libraries

Many libraries in the area offer technology classes that are not necessarily senior-based. The best

advice is to call or drop in at your local library and see what they have scheduled. You can, of course, check their websites, but be warned—some library sites are challenging to navigate. Still, you can find library phone numbers on the sites.

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System: Cobb County Public Library System: DeKalb County Public Library System: Gwinnett County Public Library System: Sequoyah Regional Library System (Cherokee, Pickens, Gilmer):

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It’s exercise, it’s social, it’s fun—it’s pickleball! By Joe Earle It looks a bit like a game cobbled together during a slow weekend at a vacation house after the host couldn’t track down all the pieces required for any single sport. Players swing paddles that look like they came from an oversized Ping-Pong game. They hit a hollow plastic ball that’s full of holes. The ball bounces back and forth over a net similar to one on a tennis court. The game moves quickly. Some regular players of the sport called “pickleball” say it can feel like playing table tennis while standing on the table. Still, it’s catching on. Just ask Ed Feldstein, a 77-year-old Sandy Springs retiree who says he helped bring the game to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody


Pickleball players gather at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

a half-dozen or so years ago and now plays about four days a week. “It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to play. It’s fun to learn,” Feldstein said one recent morning before he joined the crew getting a morning workout with a series of fast-paced pickleball games at the MJCCA, which calls pickleball its “hottest sport.” Feldstein remembers days when he’d get laughed at when he went into a sporting goods store and ask to buy a pickleball paddle. No more, he says, because pickleball courts are springing up across north metro Atlanta. The city of Dunwoody has a court in its newest city park, the Park at Pernoshal Court. That court joins more than 70 others set up across Georgia and more than 13,000 in the country, according to the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA), which is

located in Surprise, Ariz. Allan Bleich, a retired doctor, said he took up the sport after he stopped playing tennis because of knee trouble. “It’s just a fun way to exercise,” he said. Nora Floersheim, a 67-yearold retired school teacher and former tennis player, picked up pickleball a couple of years ago at the Marcus Center and now teaches it to newcomers. Like other pickleball fans, she said an important aspect of the game is camaraderie among the players, who sit together and chat while awaiting a turn on the court. “It’s very, very, very social,” she said. And the name? How did it get to be “pickleball,” anyway? It goes back to the origin of the game itself. Pickleball was invented near Seattle in 1965 by vacationing families who wanted to play badminton, but couldn’t find the shuttlecock. So they combined paddles, a Wiffle ball and a badminton net to make a game that kids and adults alike could play. The pickleball association says one story is that the original players named their game cobbled from many parts after the “pickle boat” in rowing competitions, which uses a crew made up of rowers from different boats. Another version is that they named it for the family dog, Pickles. ■

Where to Play About 30 area courts are listed on the USAPA website, though there are considerably more in local parks and neighborhoods. As the sport’s popularity rises, changes and additions are likely. Visit and click on ‘Places to Play’ for details, and be sure to call and verify times, cost and availability beforehand. Acworth: Kennworth Tennis Center 3900 South Main St., 30101 Call William Fawcett, 770-2653599.


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Admire Autumn colors at nearby State Parks By Joe Earle The return of autumn means it’s time to hit the highway and check out the changing colors of fall in the Georgia mountains. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says late October and early November usually bring the peak weeks to admire the reds and golds of the changing leaves. Georgia’s state parks system brags that its parks offer some of the best leaf-peeping around. And, through a website called Leaf Watch, the park system guides tourists to places where they can find the best fall color. “Beginning in October, regular updates will keep travelers posted on how fall color is progressing across Georgia’s Blue Ridge,” the state says. “The website is filled with information about top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites,







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A hike down a long, steep staircase in this park takes visitors to a pair of waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon.

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Unicoi Moccasin Creek Black Rock Mountain 10. Tallulah Gorge 11. Victoria Bryant 12. James H. Floyd




Just about a 40-minute drive north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain offers lake and forest views. There’s also a paved walking patch behind the park office, according to park officials.

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Although it may be best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, Fort Mountain offers a variety of hiking trails. They range from a 1.2-mile loop around a lake to an 8-mile, allday hike. GA 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks.







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This park, an hour north of Atlanta, includes the Southeast’s tallest waterfall, viewable from easy and challenging trails. The park gets busy on October weekends.



The 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering great mountain color and a bird’s-eye view of the park’s lake, state park officials say. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.


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Black Rock Mountain (altitude 3,640 feet) is Georgia’s highest state park. It offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from roadside overlooks and its visitors’ center, according to the state parks system.

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Autumn Events at nearby State Parks Along with the fabulous leaf show, area state parks also offer special events throughout the year. Here are some top picks. Go to and click on the Activities tab to get a complete list with details. Stars of Red Top & Iced Lemonade at Red Top Mountain State Park Friday, Oct. 7 & 21, 9-10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Star-gazers are encouraged to bring their equipment; binoculars will be available. Meet at the Visitors Center by 8:45 p.m. $5 parking. 770-975-0055. Fall Foliage Hike at Cloudland Canyon State Park Saturday, Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov. 5, 2-3 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 2-3 p.m. During the one-mile walk, hikers will learn about tree species in the park. $5 parking. 706-657-4050.

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Fall Festival at Vogel State Park Saturday, Oct. 15, 12-7 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of autumn with storytelling, square dancing and hayrides. $5 parking. 706-745-2628. A Walk Through the Mining Industry at James H. Floyd State Park Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, 1-3 p.m. Discover the history of northwest Georgia mining operations during a 2-mile hike over moderate terrain. 706-857-0826. Full Moon Lake Paddle at Tallulah Gorge State Park Saturday, Oct. 15, 7-9 p.m. Rangers lead paddlers over a moonlit lake. $15, $5 parking. Limited space, register in advance, 706-754-7981.

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Geologist Walk: Great Valley, Boulder Field & Puzzle of the Wall at Fort Mountain State Park Friday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. Dr. Bill Witherspoon leads the discovery walk that includes a mysterious 900-ft. long wall. $5 parking. 706-422-1932. Haunted Hills Hayride at Victoria Bryant State Park Friday, Oct. 21 & 28, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22 & 29, 8-10 p.m. Spooky hayrides include a movie and bonfire. Tickets available 7:30-10 p.m. each evening. $5, $5 parking. 706-245-6270. Campfires, Marshmallows & Ghosts at Black Rock Mountain State Park Sunday, Oct. 30, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Bring marshmallows, hot dogs and a favorite ghost story to share around the old fashioned campfire. $5 parking. 706-746-2141. ■

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Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Wild Birds Unlimited hosts the seminar and demonstrates several feeders that will entice a host of birds, like orioles, hummingbirds and bluebirds, to backyard feeding stations. Free,

Saturday, Nov. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 6th annual Elegant Elf Marketplace, presented by the Sandy Springs Society, returns with over 85 local and regional vendors. $5 entrance fee, free parking and free for children 10 and under. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs, 30328.

Festivals Fall Festival on Ponce Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fine art, folk art and crafts, food trucks and music. Olmstead

Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. The final TGIF Concert of the year features classic dance music from the 70s to today. Bring a picnic basket and beverage for a Chastain-like experience under the stars. $15 to $160 per person. Chukkar Farm Polo Club & Event Facility, 1140 Liberty Grove, Alpharetta, 30004. For info, visit

Smyrna Jonquil Festival Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Oct. 23, 12-5 p.m. Along with arts & crafts, live music and festival food, Friends of the Smyrna Library will host a book sale and Keep Smyrna Beautiful will distribute jonquil bulbs. Free admission. 200 Village Green Cir., Smyrna, 30080. Info at ■


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Seniors choose JenCare because we take the time to treat patients like family. Through monthly visits and extended time with physicians, our patients develop a quality one-on-one relationship with their doctor.

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This issue: Tech Savvy, Legendary Volunteer, Pickleball and where to play, Georgia State Parks and events for the fall, Pet Picks and more.