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Daily mirror-action to help people : seniors connect through Tablets with the world

Every Morning, ringing in Ursula Stelzer in Hellersdorf housing the phone. The 93-Year-old know then, actually, before she picks up the phone, who's on the line: your volunteer telephone godmother Eileen Seibt-Zudse, Deputy Executive Director of the Association "Sophia Berlin non-profit e. V.". These inquires, whether it be the Elderly woman well, and what's on the horizon for you for the day.

88 of such so-called godfather calls the 40 volunteers of the Association, every week, in different districts of Berlin and in Brandenburg. For most seniors, the phone is ringing only once a week, others once a month, and Ursula Stelzer wants to be called every Morning.

keeps your house emergency call system with strap not secure enough, and worry that it might work, if she passes out at home. But that's not necessarily always the main topic of the talks: "Today, we talked about the new project, about the technology and that everything goes through the Computer. Even washing machines are today the right Computer,“ says the 93-Year-old with the fluffy gray-and-white head of curls.

The new project of the Association – the aim is to bring seniors the handling of the Tablet near, as the Internet AIDS in everyday life, and also the daily mirror wants to help and asks his readers to donate to "help people!" 2018/19.

seniors dealing with the Tablet

teach "We are the point of contact for everything with our phone service in the patent system," says Eileen Seibt-Zudse. "Every Senior has a solid volunteer as mentors. The volunteers are often older, or long-term unemployed. We make use of the hairdresser effect: people who are not too close, told you often, more of his problems than friends or Relatives.“

And these problems, so it was the volunteers, were often easier to solve, if the seniors had a Tablet and knew how to use it. "We noticed that the demand was constantly there," says Seibt-Zudse. "If you would like to order meals-on-wheels, you can call, although still with a provider, but is referenced often on the menu plan on the website."

in Addition, give a service, where you can order food delivery. "Who ordered his food via the Internet if he can no longer go to shopping, it saves money: It costs 50 euros, if someone goes from care service only for the Service, not the food. The seniors ask us so often, for you to order food on the Internet. That's not to trust many. You think I'm doing something broken. Or: It's someone laughs at me.“

it will by Tablets easier for older people to move on the Internet is that You can take to bed with you and don't have to sit on a chair if you have back pain. The operation with the fingers is easier than with the mouse. There are no more wires, which could be a tripping hazard.

money for Tablets, Software, and projectors

"And the Tablets cost only 150 to 200 Euro, so that many one can afford. Before you purchase something, you have to be familiar with,“ says Seibt-Zudse. "We have asked several seniors: Would you go for it, if we explain it to you, exactly? And as several have said Yes.“

The Association wants to offer Tablet-Workshops, in the Lounges of senior citizens ' residential homes, with which he cooperates, for each of the five participants with two trainers. But the nonprofit organization survives on donations and the unpaid work of volunteers. Six Tablets as a learning material, Software, Router, projector – there is no money. Therefore, Eileen ask Seibt-Zudse and the other volunteers to the donations of the daily mirror readers for the new project.

And this is in the context of demographic change, society is more than relevant: More than 60 percent of people over 70 in 2016, so-called "offliners" are, according to a study from the year. This means that you do not know the world of the Internet – and thus something is missing them, increasingly, to social life and its benefits. The older the people are, the higher the share of "offliners": in the over 80-Year-old it is almost 90 percent.

"To Learn you're never too old"

Ursula Stelzer is an exception: she has a PC and a Smartphone, know how to operate WhatsApp, photos sent by E-Mail and for many years she has designed for a senior citizens club birthday post cards for all members on the Computer. You can even play games on the PC. But with a Tablet you've never had in Hand. "This does interest me, how this works," she says. "To Learn you're never too old and I have been a child curious."

to preserve the interest in the New – this is also important to continue to lead an independent life. "I want a home not a care," says the 93-Year-old. "We support seniors to be in your own walls old," explains Eileen Seibt-Zudse the goal of "Sophia Berlin non-profit e. V.".

It is also the goal of a company with a similar name: Sophia GmbH, which was founded in 2007 by the housing companies Degewo and the city and the country. The company is to equip all homes so that seniors can remain there, even if you are doing so well: With emergency call systems, for example. The project is financed mostly care about the cash, otherwise by the tenant.

Eileen Seibt-Zudse is employed by the company and the Association, she has mitgründet, arose "from the need" during their working hours had been identified. "There was so much of what we wanted to do for the seniors and what was not in connection with the work." So you and your comrades-in-arms made it in the evening.

in the Meantime, you have been in charge of 559 seniors, take care of three elderly residential homes, as well as three neighborhood meetings. 15 employees financial assistance from the Association, the cost for their services are usually borne by the health insurance companies. Ursula Stelzer has received your financial aid through the Association.

And, thinking of you, after the Workshop, a Tablet to purchase? "I think really, with 93 still," she says, laughing. Heaven or hell would have a say in the matter, Yes, and a word she says.

how it works "people


donations: donations action of The daily mirror e. V., purpose: to help people, Berliner Sparkasse , IBAN: DE43 1005 0000 0250 0309 42 , BIC: BELADEBE. Please state the name and address for the donation document completely legible in the purpose of record, for the donation receipt.


For the 26. Round the Christmas fundraiser has been looking for the donations the club day-to-day mirror, 63 social projects and initiatives of especially from Berlin , which had applied in the autumn. In our Donations we introduced 12 on behalf of all others. Topics of focus in this round of the assistance to old people is, for miss young, and for suicide endangered children and young people – concerns needed but we also work with associations and projects of all other social areas.

The donations, the Association distributes the funds effectively according to the needs of the clubs. The handover ceremony in March ’19.

Our employee for the account to check after peeped the Second day extra : 284 360,67 Euro, we could throw out now, far more than at the previous year's reporting date with 247.687,61 Euro.

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