Seniors flock to the mall for free technology lessons

Updated : Jan 24, 2020 in Articles

Seniors flock to the mall for free technology lessons


BASICS FOR FREE. LIZ: YOU MIGHT THINK A QUIET MONDAY MORNING WOULD BE THE PERFECT TIME TO STROLL THROUGH THE CHAMPLAIN CENTER MALL SHOPPING FOR HOLIDAY GIFTS. BUT DOREEN MEYER IS HERE TO GET TECHNICAL. I’M JUST TRYING TO CATCH UP. LIZ: SHE’S ONE OF 100 SENIORS ENROLLED IN A 10 WEEK COURSE . SHE SAYS THE BEST PART IS THE CLASSES ARE FREE FOR ANYONE AT LEAST 60 YEARS OLD. IT DEPENDS WHEN YOU UPDATE THE SOFTWARE. LIZ: THANKS TO A GRANT FROM THE PROGRAM OFFICE. I RECOMMEND IT TO EVERYONE I KNOW. LIZ: PLATTSBURGH SENIOR PLANET IS RUN BY OLDER ADULTS TECHNOLOGY SERVICES. IT’S THE FIRST OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY. THE NORTH COUNTRY REGIONAL DIRECTOR SAYS IT HAS BEEN A HIT. THE RESPONSE HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONAL. WE ALREADY HAVE PEOPLE ON THE WAIT LIST. LIZ: CURRENTLY, THE MODERNIZED SENIOR CENTER OFFERS TWO TYPES OF CLASSES. 14 IPADS AND THE OTHER FOR INTERNET BASICS. WE ACTUALLY TRY TO TAKE THE STUDENT FROM THE POINT OF UNDERSTANDING THE DEVICE AND BEING COMFORTABLE ENOUGH TO GO ON THE INTERNET AND THEN WE ARE ALL ABOUT TRYING TO APPLY THE TECHNOLOGY TO THE THINGS AND OLDER ADULT ONCE TO DO WITH THEIR TIME. LIZ: STUDENTS LEARN MORE THAN JUST THE BASICS. THEY LEARN EVERYTHING FROM LEARNING HOW TO TYPE USING VOICE CONTROL TO PERFECTING THE ART OF TAKING A SELFIE. YOU GET IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK. IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO GET A RUNNING START. THERE YOU GO. [LAUGHTER] LIZ: GRAY SAYS IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT USING TECHNOLOGY TO EMPOWER INDEPENDENTS. I LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A VALUE, THEY CAN LEARN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. LIZ: FOR THIS GRANDMOTHER, SHE IS HOPING THE CLASSES HELP HER GRANDKIDS. I LIKE PLAYING GAMES, DOING USELESS THINGS THAT ARE JUST KIND OF FUN. [LAUGHTER] LIZ: AND SHE HOPES TO CONTINUE MAKING MORE MEMORIES USING HER

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