Woodbury Senior Living resident Verna Toso loves her iPhone. With four sons, six grandsons and two great-granddaughters, the 92-year-old enjoys keeping in touch with her family and seeing photos of the kids, including her one-year-old great-granddaughter who lives out of state.
While working for General Mills in the late 1980s, Verna delayed her retirement plans when the company introduced computers to her department. Wanting to take advantage of the company’s computer lessons, Verna stayed. “I worked with many people younger than I,” says Verna, “and I wasn’t afraid of [computers] at all. But the youngsters were. We had meetings where they were told to relax.” Eventually, Verna became one of the first in her department to process health insurance claims on the computer.
“As soon as I retired, I had to have a computer because I wasn’t going to quit!” Verna laughs. Verna also recalls the first time she had a phone she could text on. “My oldest son hadn’t even gone to that yet. He said, ‘you’re texting?’ Next thing you know, he went out and bought a phone, saying he wasn’t going to let me get ahead of him.”
Technology should be embraced because that’s how you keep up with the world, Verna says. “That’s the way the world is operating. If you don’t have a computer, you have to go to somebody that does, so it’s better to know some of it yourself.”