Town offer technology seminars for seniors

Town offer technology seminars for seniors

The Town of North Hempstead’s innovative senior initiative, Project Independence, is continuing its popular Technology for the Terrified program through the spring at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. 

Technology for the Terrified is presented by Project Independence volunteer Barbara Mehlman, a former educator at a local Apple store for six-and-a-half years who, as a senior, understood that many older people are terrified by technology and created the program to help seniors dissolve their fear of technology and teach them the basics of using technology to communicate with friends and family, shop safely online, and do research online. The program has helped many seniors fine-tune their technology skills by learning about mobile phones and apps, online banking, online shopping, technology lingo and more.

Upcoming Technology for the Terrified courses at Clinton G. Martin Park:

  • Wednesday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. — Tech Talk: Learn how to understand technology vocabulary.  
  • Wednesday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. — Meet Siri, Alexa and Google Home, Your new Best Friends: Learn about Siri, Alexa and Google Assistance and learn how these intelligent assistants can help you.
  • Wednesday, June 5 at 2:30 p.m. — Technology Review: Have all your questions answered about technology devices and learn how to select the right device for you.

The program is free for all Project Independence members, but spaces are limited and registration is required.  Attendees are asked to bring their own smartphone, tablet or laptop.  

Created in 2006 as an aging-in-place program for the Town’s nearly 60,000 residents over 60, Project Independence has assisted aging residents in remaining in their own homes and familiar surroundings.  For more information about becoming a member of Project Independence or registering for a Technology for the Terrified course, call 311 or 516-869-6311 from outside the Town. 

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