More and more seniors are engaging with technology from online research to social media and apps like Skype. It is a helpful tool for connecting with family, news, and just having fun. If you are looking to start using a computer, or just learn something new there are many great resources out there. Here are just a few local options in the Puget Sound.
The public library is a wonderful resource for new music, books, speakers, and classes. If you don’t have a library card, get one today!
Tacoma Public Library offers a free hands-on class to familiarize computer users with basic and advanced features of a variety of online programs. The classes are ideal for the new and not so new computer users who want to learn and practice in a casual environment before venturing on their own to explore the web. Space is limited to insure personalized instruction and advance registration is required. Reservations can be made by CLICKING HERE or call 253-292-2001.
Seattle Public Library Computer Classes: If you are closer to the Seattle Public Library they offer several classes from computer basics to internet browsing, email, and using social media. For a list of class descriptions, schedules and how to sign up, CLICK HERE.
The Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center at Franke Tobey Jones will be offering workshops this spring from students from the University of Washington Tacoma’s Technology Department to address social media needs. According to their latest newsletter, “studies have shown that 3 out of 4 seniors utilize social media and that its use may even prevent loneliness and depression by allowing elder to maintain relationships with friends and family regardless of their mobility or proximity. The 74+ demographic is the fastest growing demographic among social networks.”
CLICK HERE to check the Senior University Calendar for upcoming classes on social media, internet use, iPad and iPhone use, and basic computer skills.
The University of Washington Tacoma waives tuition for Washington residents age 60 or older who wish to attend classes as auditing students on a space-available basis. The fee is just $5 plus a prorated technology fee. Students who attend the university under the Access program can take two courses per quarter. Registration must be done in person. For additional information about the program, contact 253-692-4400 or email@example.com
Check your local paper for upcoming events and classes open to the public. The Tacoma News Tribune is a great place to find current opportunities for technology and computer classes that are offered throughout the year in the Puget Sound area.
Published on June 17, 2013.