Free com­puter classes for se­niors

The Packet (Clarenville) - - EDITORIAL - Ran­dom Age-Friendly

It is com­mon knowl­edge that com­puter us­age has be­come a part of life for many older adults.

There­fore, since 2008, Ran­dom Age-Friendly Com­mu­ni­ties or­ga­ni­za­tion has been giv­ing se­niors from Clarenville and the sur­round­ing area the op­por­tu­nity to learn ba­sic com­puter skills.

To date, 239 older adults have taken ad­van­tage of this ser­vice pro­vided by ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

On Sept. 26, our vol­un­teers will be­gin to give other se­niors an op­por­tu­nity to get on­line and ac­cess the many well-be­ing and so­cial ben­e­fits of us­ing com­put­ers.

This 20-hour ses­sion will be of­fered free of charge. Classes will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 26 on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Col­lege of the North At­lantic.

If you are 60 years of age or older, have lit­tle or no com­puter knowl­edge and would like to learn how to start and shut down a com­puter, send and re­ceive emails, search the In­ter­net, pre­pare ba­sic Word doc­u­ments, etc. in a very re­laxed learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment with ba­si­cally one-on-one as­sis­tance, call Brenda at 466-2870 to reg­is­ter.

To of­fer this re­ward­ing ser­vice to our se­niors, we are al­ways seek­ing ad­di­tional re­source per­sons to work with our team to as­sist in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the train­ing.

This is a great op­por­tu­nity for high school stu­dents to gain vol­un­teer hours for their ca­reer ed­u­ca­tion course.

Se­niors who have com­pleted the course find it very re­ward­ing to come back to class and share the knowl­edge they’ve learned with other se­niors.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RAN­DOM AGE-FRIENDLY COM­MU­NI­TIES

Katie Wicks, a vol­un­teer from Clarenville High, gives a help­ing hand to Lindo Palmer, one of the 239 grad­u­ates of the Com­put­ers for Se­niors course.

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