Students Help Seniors Navigate Medicare

Several years ago, students in East Islip High School’s computer technology program began helping senior citizens in the community learn how to better use their own digital devices. During those training workshops, it became apparent that changes to federal healthcare services plans required Medicare recipients to use an online website to manage their healthcare needs. This proved to be an intimidating and daunting task for some older East Islip residents, a situation which resulted in the formation of the Cyber Seniors Workshop, under the direction of the East Islip/Dowling School-Business Partnership.

With the help of Merri P. Ciano and Jamilyn Barna from the Long Island Senior Education Council (LISEC), East Islip students at a recent workshop were able to assist elder community members in learning how to navigate and utilize the many facets of the website.

“Feedback from participants was very positive,” said teacher Paul McHugh. “One workshop attendee told me that after working with the students, he has a new faith in the youth of our community. The East Islip/Dowling School-Business Partnership looks forward to working with LISEC to continue to offer this beneficial program.”