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Seniors and the Web

Today, web-savvy seniors are embracing email, blogs and the whole world of information at their fingertips through Google and other search engines. In fact, people over 60 are the fastest growing segment of computer and internet users. Join them! If you don’t know how to use a computer or want to enhance your skills, you can take free classes at libraries, senior centers, Parks Department Recreation Centers and through OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). And if you don’t own a computer, you can reserve one for use at a public library.  There’s nothing like the Web for keeping people connected. Don’t let the world pass you by!

And while you’re at it, join the Department for the Aging on Facebook.

Classes

Computer Classes at Public Libraries
Branch libraries in every borough offer free computer classes. Check with your local library to inquire when the library will next offer a class or go online to check the events calendar for borough libraries.

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Computer Classes at Parks Department Computer Resource Centers
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation provides basic instruction for seniors and others who have never touched a computer as well as instruction in topics like web browsing, Internet security, resume writing and web design. All classes are free to Parks Department Recreation Center members.

Find a Parks Department class in your neighborhood. Click on your local Recreation Center and go to Schedules.

Computer Classes offered by Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
OATS provides free computer training in communities across New York City. More than 5,000 older adults have participated in OATS programs since 2004. OATS classes don’t only cover how to click the mouse; topics also include researching health information online, accessing City services, workforce skills, staying safe online, and civic engagement. For more information, call 718-502-9203.

Learn more about OATS' curriculum

Computer Classes at Senior Centers
Many senior centers offer free computer classes and use of computers to their members. Move over, Bingo! Surfing the net’s more fun! Call your local center to inquire.

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Reserve a Computer

Patrons of the New York Public Library with a valid library card may reserve a computer to use in any library location. Most library locations also provide wireless laptops and access to laser printers for public use.

Learn more about reserving a Computer

Join an Internet Community

Senior Planet is a community of older adults on the Internet that was established by OATS. Share ideas and information with others in a friendly and supportive environment and take advantage of Senior Planet’s Resource Exchange, Events Calendar and Senior Blogs.

Demystify the World of Technology

Abby and Me is an on-line column for seniors. It is written by Abby Stokes, the author of Is This Thing On?:  A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes and the Kicking and Screaming.

On Guard Online is a federal government website that offers practical tips in easy to understand language on such topics as home wireless security; email scams; getting health information online; identity theft; and how to talk to kids about on-line communication. The site also offers free brochures and videos for kids on online communication.