Senior center in line for new software

Andrea Rose

The Greencastle Activity Senior Center is one of three sites in Franklin County where new technology will be installed.

The Chambersburg Senior Activity Center and Waynesboro Senior Activity Center also will get software that will allow seniors to track their own activities in the center and help the center managers provide more accurate data meals and center use.

Seniors will log into the new computer software when they arrive at the center and will be able to sign up for activities, make lunch reservations and get updates on news and other information, according Traci Kline, director of Franklin County Area Agency on Aging.

The software will be funded through a $31,983 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. Franklin County commissioners recently approved the grant agreement.

The three centers are the largest of eight senior activity centers in Franklin County, with each seeing an average of about 50 seniors per day, according to Kline.

Currently, center directors spend a lot of time completing paper documentation for the state. The new software will automatically generate the data.

Kline said she hopes center patrons will accept the new technology, which she expects will be installed later this year.

"Anything new and different can be daunting," she said. "It's supposed to be user-friendly, but we're going to offer training. We're hoping it will catch on."