Dear Savvy Senior: Are you able to suggest some good expertise lessons or on-line studying sources for inexperienced seniors? I’ve a pc and a smartphone, however my information and expertise are fairly restricted. — Tech-Challenged Senior
Expensive Senior: There are various totally different expertise instructing instruments obtainable to older adults that may aid you study new tech expertise so you may higher make the most of your units. Listed below are some good choices to think about.
>> Native lessons or workshops: Relying on the place you reside, there could also be group sources that provide starting pc and private expertise lessons, on-line or in particular person, for older adults who’re new to expertise. To seek out out what’s obtainable in your space, contact your native public library, senior middle, faculty or college, or native shops that promote computer systems. Your Space Company on Getting older may also give you the chance that can assist you. Go to the Eldercare Locator at Eldercare.acl.gov or name 800-677-1116 to get your native quantity.
>> GetSetUp.io: This is without doubt one of the greatest on-line studying web sites that companions with guides to supply coaching on tech instruments for adults 50 and older. It gives greater than 350 on-line lessons taught in actual time by retired educators and tech trade specialists in a method that lets older adults study by doing, versus simply watching a video.
The expertise lessons — all taught through Zoom — cowl issues like studying how you can use smartphones and tablets, how you can arrange and use Zoom, how you can use Gmail options, how you can acknowledge on-line scams, how you can promote your stuff on-line and a lot extra. Most of its lessons are free, however some cost a small charge.
>> SeniorPlanet.org: Created and sponsored by nationwide nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Know-how Providers) and lately becoming a member of forces with AARP, Senior Planet gives 60-and-older adults all kinds of free on-line programs, packages and actions which might be taught in actual time to assist seniors study new expertise expertise in addition to lower your expenses, get in form and make new buddies.
A few of the firm’s extra common tech lessons embody “All Issues Zoom,” “Every thing Smartphones” and “Introduction to Social Media.” It even gives a “Lunch & Study — Tech Dialogue Group” provided at varied occasions all year long the place you may ask questions in addition to share your struggles and experiences.
And for those who ever have a expertise query that pops up through the week, you may name its Nationwide Senior Planet Hotline for tech assist at 920-666-1959 anytime Monday by Friday throughout working hours.
>> OasisEverywhere.org: This nonprofit academic group for older adults gives greater than 10 low-cost/free on-line pc, web and cellular expertise programs for learners. And when the pandemic dies down, it can resume providing newbie tech lessons in its 27 areas (in 9 states) all through the nation.
>> CandooTech.com: This firm gives fee-based on-line tech help and coaching to assist older adults really feel extra snug with telephones, computer systems, tablets, house security units and extra.
Its specifically skilled tech concierges will educate you how you can use your expertise, repair what’s not working and set up software program, in addition to learn to arrange and use electronic mail, video chat, social media, on-line buying and leisure, ride-hailing providers and extra.
It gives one-hour, one- on-one or small-group classes for $50, or you may develop into a member and get two 90-minute coaching classes plus limitless fast help (half-hour or much less) for $180 per yr. It additionally gives gadget set up and setup accomplished remotely for $180.
>> TechBoomers.com: It is a free academic web site that gives video and article tutorials that educate older adults and different inexperienced expertise customers how you can use the most well-liked and trusted web sites, apps and units.
Jim Miller is a contributor to NBC-TV’s “In the present day” program and creator of “The Savvy Senior.” Ship your inquiries to Savvy Senior, P.O. Field 5443, Norman, OK 73070; or go to savvysenior.org.