Sandra G. Learns to Use an iPad

Apr 15, 2024 | Newsletter, Spring 2024

In September 2023, Sandra was unfortunately hospitalized. During Sandra’s hospital stay, she was given an iPhone by her daughter to stay connected with each other. Sandra’s new iPhone was working fine until it died one day, resulting in all her contacts disappearing from her address book. Sandra was devastated and was unsure how to restore all lost contacts.  

Fortunately, not too long after that incident, Sandra was enrolled in the Digital Connections (DC) Program by Sourcewise, where she was able to learn how to use an iPad through technical support and training. Sandra claims, “I have significant eye trouble, so having this iPad is wonderful for my sight because I can see things that were too small on the iPhone. As I have  learned how to use the iPad, I have come to love it. It’s amazing how something like this piece of technology has become a major part of my life. I am homebound, so it has opened an entire new world online.” 

With Sandra being homebound, she specifically uses her loaned iPad for online grocery shopping. She is also a big football fan and likes all teams, so Sandra’s daughter installed the ESPN app on the iPad which allows Sandra to watch football games at her fingertips.  

“One of the things I am excited to learn next is how to attend meetings virtually. I live in a mobile home park that is resident-owned with a board of directors and I am no longer able to travel to in-person meetings. My trainer through Community Tech Network (CTN) will be showing me how to use Zoom on our next session. I also want to learn how to use the iPad to schedule virtual doctor appointments. Sourcewise has been so wonderful, the staff at CTN as well, and the iPad has been perfect for my situation,” states Sandra. Since December 2023, she has been one of the participants of the DC Program.  

To learn more about the DC Program by Sourcewise, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.