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Senior organization offers comprehensive technology help

May 8, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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Specifically designed for people over the age of 50 who make not be all that tech saavy, a new comprehensive educational program is being launched by AARP.

According to a press release posted on AARP's website, AARP TEK (which stands for Technology Education and Knowledge), is aimed at empowering 50+ Americans with technology by connecting them with friends, family, employment opportunities, health information, entertainment and other benefits they can find online.

The pilot program, which includes seminars and an online education platform, will be rolled out this year in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Jacksonville, New York, San Antonio and San Diego. A significant expansion to other cities is expected in 2015.

Sessions being offered will include topics such as "Intro to Tablets and Smartphones" and "Staying Connected with Apps." Online modules will include such topics as touch screen basics, social media, video chatting and online safety.

"AARP TEK offers a high-touch approach to understanding technology, giving 50+ consumers the skills and confidence to use technology and stay connected to the people and passions in their lives," said Terry Bradwell, AARP's chief information officer. "Though we know that millions of older adults already use personal technology in their everyday lives, there are still many more that want to learn the ins and outs of how to use smart phones and tablets to enhance their lives and discover a world of new possibilities. These are the people we hope to reach with AARP TEK."