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Get energized by connecting with like-minded advocates!

Calling all SLPs, OTs, audiologists, technology specialists, gerontologists, aging life care managers, activity directors, teachers, and elder advocates!

>> Do you want to feel more confident and competent in helping older adults use tech?

>> Are you curious about current accessibility features, smart gadgets, and apps that can improve lives?

>> Are you “burned out” and looking to pursue a new direction with your career or volunteer activities?

The digital divide is real. Lack of awareness of how tech can improve life in senior living communities and programs supporting aging-in-place is a significant problem.

Let’s join forces to improve the lives of seniors that are left behind by the rapidly evolving world of technology.

There are amazing solutions using mainstream devices to promote social connection and overcome barriers imposed by challenges with dexterity, vision, hearing, communication, and memory.

I am excited about this unique 5-week experience. Let’s move forward together to learn how to help older adults leverage the benefits of tech.

We will meet on Zoom, connect in a private discussion group, and contribute to a group resource collection.

Applications are now closed for the 2nd cohort which begins the week of October 24, 2022. If you’d like to apply for the 3rd cohort which will take place in January, 2023, click here

  • At the beginning of the week, I will send everyone links to a few articles to read or videos to watch to set the stage for the topic and promote independent learning.
  • Each week the semi-structured Zoom session(s) will have a new topic.
  • During our time together online, after getting to know each other and chatting, we will learn from each other about how a variety of personal tech devices, features, and online sites can be used to help older adults. We will take turns presenting information and demonstrating tech tools in action.

Weekly Topics & Schedule

*Subject to change*

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Week 1

Mobile phones, mainstream and specialized, and the many native apps and settings/ features that are helpful for older adults.

  • 10/25/22 – 1:00 PM ET
  • 10/26/22 – 7:00 PM ET
  • 10/27/22 – 4:00 PM ET
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Week 2

Smart assistants, Alexa and Siri, and how they can make life easier and more enjoyable for seniors.

  • 11/2/22 – 4:00 PM ET
  • 11/3/22- 11:00 AM ET
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Week 3

The worlds of Google, Microsoft, and Apple with an eye toward accessibility features to overcome challenges with vision, hearing, reading, writing, memory, speaking, thinking, & organization.

  • 11/9/22- 7:00 PM ET
  • 11/10/22 – 4:00 PM ET

Week 4

Apps and online programs. We will share our favorites to facilitate social connection and cognitive stimulation.

  • 11/16/22- 7:00 PM ET
  • 11/17/22 – 4:00 PM ET

Week 5

Top resources for learning more about using personal tech to support older adults- Recorded videos, virtual classes, and 1:1 support

  • 11/21/22 – 7:00 PM ET
  • 11/22/22-  4:00 PM ET

In addition to content sent for review at the beginning of each week and our time together on Zoom, you will be invited to interact in a private Google discussion group.

All Zoom sessions (including the active chat) will be recorded and available. The meetings will be about an hour long. We will also collaborate to develop an online resource (Wakelet) available to you even after this experience ends.

I hope that everyone can attend one session a week. Sessions will be about an hour long. Even if you can’t participate live, we welcome your active participation in the private Google discussion group.

I have waited for a long time to find like minded colleagues working with elders. Thank you Joan for putting this together. I think this group has a lot of potential!!”

This does not replace therapy and/or medical advice.