Friends Village is a community for older adults that has been in continuous operation in Newtown, for the last 125 years. Guided by the science of healthy aging, and the Quaker values of simplicity, inclusion, dignity, and purposeful living, its Mission is: “To foster purposeful living and social connectivity through a community of kindness.”
In fall 2021, Friends Village partnered with Senior Planet to become a licensed training site that provides free technology classes to adults over age 60. The first year of this programming has seen the successful training of nearly 100 older adults in computer essentials, digital culture, online safety, shopping, Zoom, and more!
Senior Planet is a program of OATS (Older Adult Technology Service), a charitable affiliate of AARP. Using Senior Planet’s curriculum, designed with older adult learners in mind, Friends Village aims to help those over the age of 60 build their technology skills to make new friendships, improve their health, save money, advocate in their communities, and thrive in the digital world.
Beginning on January 9th, Friends Village will offer a five-week Computer Essentials Course. Some limited computer experience is suggested for this course but is not required. Windows based PC’s will be utilized in class. Laboratory hours will be provided for practice.
In addition to this foundational course, lectures on Smartphone Photography, Google Photos, Ebay, and P2P systems will be offered as well. Seating is limited.
Should classes fill for this training quarter, a wait list will be formed and given priority registration for upcoming quarters. Classes are hosted at the Friends Village Styer campus at 331 Lower Dolington Road, in Newtown. To register for class, contact Courtney Slensky at (215)968-3346 ext. 105, or via e-mail at email@example.com. Information is also available online at www.friends-village.org/senior-planet.
Join us to learn more about technology, and what Friends Village has to offer!
PHOTO CAP: Older adult students receive Senior Planet computer instruction at Friends Village’s Styer Campus.