Tech-savvy resident keeps Maple Suites residents in touch
The communal computer in the activity room at Maple Suites senior living community is full of desktop shortcuts to local weather, games, and other webpages relevant to the residents. Who put them there? None other Maple Suites’ resident tech wizard, 84-year-old Skip Biron.
Skip is a Navy veteran who went on to work for AT&T after his time in the military. Despite never attending college, Skip eventually retired from AT&T as an engineer.
His engineer’s mind and penchant for fixing things makes Skip the man to talk to if residents at Maple Suites have anything needing repair.
If it ever worked once, I’ll make it work again. I’ve fixed CD changers, TVs, jewelry, and watches,” said Skip.
Whereas the emergence of technology may be a burden to some, Skip views new technology as an ideal opportunity to learn more and share it with others. It was not long after his children taught him how to use FaceTime on his iPhone before he was showing the other residents at Maple Suites the benefits of a smartphone.
As the go-to tech support at Maple Suites, Skip is always willing to lend a helping hand to those who need help using the Internet or understanding the voice recognition on their phone.
When a resident wanted to find out more about a few paintings she wanted to donate to a museum, Skip was there to help her do the research. A few clicks later, the woman had found out who made the paintings and to which museum she would donate them.
For the Navy veteran turned engineer, navigating through the features of an iPhone are a welcomed challenge. Whether checking the weather or staying in touch with family and friends, Skip Biron will always make sure Maple Suites residents stay connected.
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