Adults 55 and over can beef up com­puter skills with free course

South Florida Times - - METRO - TECH SAVVY SE­NIORS: A free 10-week “Com­puter Ba­sics for Older Adults” course will cover ba­sic email and web brows­ing to gain­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and im­prov­ing work­force skills. Staff Re­port

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Se­nior cit­i­zens in­ter­ested in beef­ing up their com­puter skills or fig­ur­ing out ways to max­i­mize their smart phone us­age can ac­cess The South Florida In­sti­tute on Aging’s (SoFIA) in­au­gu­ral ses­sions of Se­nior Planet classes, which be­gin June 25.

“Com­puter Ba­sics for Older Adults” is of­fered for those 55 and older and will range from ba­sic email and web brows­ing to gain­ing fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and im­prov­ing work­force skills. The first 10-week ses­sions be­gin on Mon­day, June 25 at Citrix lo­cated at 851 West Cy­press Creek Road in Fort Lauderdale. En­rollees must com­mit to at­tend­ing two classes each week for 10 weeks with an op­tion of an 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. morn­ing ses­sion or a 1 – 2:30 p.m. af­ter­noon ses­sion.

Cre­ated by Older Adults Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices of New York, Se­nior Planet is an award-win­ning na­tional pro­gram that trains se­niors to use tech­nol­ogy to im­prove and en­hance their so­cial and civic en­gage­ment. SoFIA is the exclusive South Florida provider of a pro­gram be­ing pre­sented as an “act” project by the lo­cal non­profit “Think & Act Tank,” which is fo­cused on eco­nomic and so­cial re­search, pol­icy and pro­grams that sup­port South Florida’s aging com­mu­nity.

“With the sup­port of our spon­sors, we are able to of­fer the suc­cess­ful Se­nior Planet classes to the com­mu­nity free of charge,” said SoFIA Pres­i­dent and CEO Pe­ter Kaldes, Esq. “Not to be com­fort­able with tech­nol­ogy in to­day’s world is to be iso­lated and dis­en­fran­chised. From con­nect­ing with fam­ily, to sub­mit­ting a re­sume on a job site or re­search­ing a doc­tor, tech­nol­ogy is a tool that helps older adults thrive.” Es­pe­cially im­por­tant since, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau’s 2017 Na­tional Pop­u­la­tion Pro­jec­tions, by 2035 older adults will out­num­ber chil­dren for the first time in U.S. his­tory. This new mis­sion was formed based on the aging pro­jec­tions for South Florida and be­yond, as well as the cur­rent and an­tic­i­pated chal­lenges that se­niors face.

There is no fee to at­tend the ses­sions, which are spon­sored by The Jim Mo­ran Foundation, Con­sumer Tech­nol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion Foundation, Citrix and Er­win M. Vasquez, M.D. and the Elaine Vasquez Fam­ily Foundation Fund in honor of Doc­tors Natalie A. and Os­car Nadeau of the Com­mu­nity Foundation of Broward with ad­di­tional sup­port from Com­cast and Wells Fargo.

Fu­ture ses­sions will in­clude classes ded­i­cated to vet­er­ans re­ceiv­ing ser­vices at the Wil­liam “Bill” Kling VA Out­pa­tient Clinic in Sun­rise and will be held at the City of Ta­ma­rac Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in late sum­mer. Fall classes for the com­mu­nity will be of­fered at the Cen­ter for Ac­tive Aging in Deer­field Beach and ses­sions for South and Cen­tral Broward will be an­nounced later this year.

En­roll­ment in the classes be­gin­ning June 25 is lim­ited to 10 par­tic­i­pants in each ses­sion. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter call 954.484.7177 ext. 105 or email bsmither@the­sofia.org.

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