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Technology classes for senior citizens

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Imagine a world of new possibilities for seniors. Welcome, to the Senior Planet Exploration Center. This place is a first of its kind community for older adults to learn and embrace technology.

Among the many classes offered for free through the nonprofit organization OATS is the introduction to iPad course.

A tutorial on job searching in a digital age is also offered.

And of course, there are opportunities to just have some fun.

Irene Weissman, 93, is a longtime OATS participant. She has taken classes at the new Chelsea location since it opened earlier this year.

According to the Pew Research Center, only 54 percent of people 65 or older access the internet. Once you get to 77 that number dips to about a third. The goal of OATS and Senior Planet isn't just to keep people connected, but to use technology to change how they age.

Harry Miller, 82, has worked in finance his entire life. He is taking classes on how to post art for sale online.

http://seniorplanet.org/the-center/current-classes/

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