Knoxville senior center’s pancake breakfast raises money for technology program


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The John T. O’Connor Senior Citizen’s Center is raising money to help seniors learn new technology.

The annual pancake breakfast on Friday is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the center. Proceeds this year are going to expand the Senior Savvy technology program.

Slideshow: John T. O’Connor Senior Center breakfast

“We’re trying to help seniors jump this digital divide that seems to be out there that’s keeping some of our seniors from having an enhanced quality of life,” said manager Sue Massingill.

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They’re hoping to raise $20,000 to help remodel a room into an internet cafe, equipped with iPads, Kindles and other gadgets. Jennifer Dancu teaches classes for seniors aimed at showing them how to use this technology. Since she started Social Media 4 Seniors a few months ago, she says business is growing.

“They’re signing up, the classes are filling up, they want to learn this and really there aren’t many challenges. They’re picking it up as quickly as we’re picking it up when we get a new toy or a new gadget and they leave so happy,” Dancu said.

We sat in as Dancu showed a couple in their eighties how to use an iPhone and iPad. Annette Anderson and Robert Wilson said they felt left behind by the growing world of technology, and learning the basics has been fun and easy.

More information about the senior center and classes offered can be found here.

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