ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Seniors having difficulty navigating or operating their smart phones, tablets or laptops can get free, one-on-one coaching from tech-savvy teenagers at a special event Tuesday at the West Side Walgreens at Coors Boulevard and Sequoia Road.
Teeniors, an Albuquerque startup that matches teens with seniors who need technical assistance, is partnering with Walgreens for the one-time, four-hour event. Elderly people and the public in general can bring their computers and gadgets to ask questions and receive direct tutoring, said Walgreens local manager Rod Walter.
“We want to help our seniors who want to learn technology that can benefit their lives, so I am delighted to have Teeniors provide this service for us,” Walter said.
The event coincides with Walgreens’ “Seniors Day,” held the first Tuesday of every month to provide discounts on items related to health-related themes, such as diabetes. This time, seniors can get general assistance with their technology, and if they’re interested, they can also learn to use the Walgreens’ app, which allows customers to manage prescriptions, purchases and other things online.
For Teeniors, it’s an opportunity to promote its services while potentially establishing a lasting partnership with Walgreens.
Belen native Trish Lopez launched Teeniors last year after pitching her idea at a startup weekend. The company is gaining customers, with about 40 teens providing service at group events and through individual coaching.