Riding Aboard Friendly Technology (R.A.F.T.)
Providence ElderPlace in Gresham’s first group of R.A.F.T. participants were awarded graduation certificates by Jerry Hunter, administrator of Providence Home and Community Services, in October 2007. R.A.F.T., the unique name selected by ElderPlace staff, is an adaptive computer program created by It’s Never 2 Late. The ElderPlace Gresham health and social center is a pilot test site for the program, which is designed to give ElderPlace participants the opportunity to experience computer technology.
The River Guides, specially trained ElderPlace staff members, work with participants to increase or maintain cognitive and motor skills through the use of computer based activities. ElderPlace Life Enrichment coordinators also use RAFT for group activities, such as, Wheel of Fortune and individual activities like driving, flying and cycling.
Ans van Gent, operations manager of ElderPlace Gresham, opened the ceremony with a few words and introduced the keynote speaker Don Keister, director of ElderPlace, who congratulated the participants on their accomplishments. He also spoke of the progress the River Guides have made in implementing the training of the participants, and the future expansion of the program to other ElderPlace sites.
Numerous participants, family members, caregivers and ElderPlace staff attended the event, which was an exuberant and exciting time for all.