Series of workshops to help Seniors become tech-savvy starting June 21 in Jamaica

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With just a little help, any senior can become tech-savvy.

This Friday, June 21, LinkNYC and the Queens Gigabit Center will team up to host the first of five “Senior Series” digital literacy workshops, to help seniors become skilled at using modern technology. The workshop begins at 11 a.m. at the Allen Community Senior Citizens Center, located at 166-01 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica.

The two organizations have partnered with the New York City Office of Technology and Innovation (OTI), Boldyn Networks and community partner Allen Community Senior Citizens Center to bring AARP’s Older Adults Technology Service to local seniors. The first session, dubbed “Smartphones at a Glance,” will introduce seniors to the world of smartphone technology. The seniors will learn to use features to place video calls and view public transit routes.

AARP reports that between 2019 and 2023, the rate of smartphone ownership among older adults rose from 77%to 89%. With 71% of people over 50 preferring to receive in person help on using their devices rather than learning on their own. 

The Queens Gigabit Center at the Allen Community Senior Citizens Center provides free high-speed Wi-Fi, powered by LinkNYC, and access to laptops and tablets.

Other upcoming sessions in the five-month-long series include learning about social media, computer and iPad basics, streaming and smart TVs and more. 

To RSVP for this event, contact epettersen@skdknick.com

LinkNYC is a citywide network that provides fast, free, public Wi-Fi to all five boroughs. Each Link kiosk provides free Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging, access to social services and displays content including transit information and real-time weather updates. LinkNYC has more than 15 million Wi-Fi users and has connected over 30 million free phone calls. such as real-time weather, transit info, public art and local information.

 All of LinkNYC’s services are free to users and provided by CityBridge, a joint venture led by Intersection Media and Boldyn Networks.