Technology can often be a great resource to connect with others, learn something new, or make our lives easier. For younger people who were raised with technology, using it is second nature. But it can be challenging for those of us that are still trying to get used to it. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources that can educate you on how to use electronic devices and applications. Take a look at how you can sharpen your technology skills:
How Older Adults Can Learn More About Technology
There are various options for older adults looking to find out more about using technology. These include:
Online and In-Person Classes
If you have a computer in your home and are familiar with basic browsing, there are several websites that teach technology. Two free websites include GCFGlobal.org and TechBoomers.com. You may also find local classes and workshops at senior centers and other community centers in your area that offer tech education.
Age Well Events Calendar
Take a look at what’s new on our Age Well Events Calendar! We keep the calendar updated with informative and educational events happening at your local senior centers or online with a variety of tech-related classes and workshops.
YouTube is terrific resource for older adults that want to learn more about technology and applications. Click on the following links to learn how to use the following:
Zoom Video Conferencing
Lyft and Uber Apps for transportation
Instacart App for groceries and food delivery
How Seniors Can Get Affordable High-Speed Internet
Technology provides us with many of the conveniences of modern life. But it can be difficult for older adults living on a fixed budget to afford some of the necessary devices and software. High speed internet comes at a high premium, but there’s good news for older adults living in Connecticut.
The Federal Communications Commission’s Affordable Connectivity Program provides eligible households with a discount of up to $30 a month for high-speed internet and a discount of up to $75 a month to eligible households living on tribal land. The programs also offers a one-time discount of $100 per household off a laptop or desktop computer or tablet purchased through a participating provider. To be eligible, your income must be at or below the federal poverty guideline of $27,180 for a single-family household or $55,000 for a family of four. To apply, go to: affordableconnectivity.gov.
Let technology help
Although technology can be confusing or seem overwhelming at first, there are many resources to help provide you with the education you need to take advantage of the many resources available. We hope the online tutorials and workshops will help you learn how to navigate helpful apps and websites to make your life better!