Adults 55 and over can beef up computer skills with free course
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.