Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors Aug. 24-28 Will Include Voice Assistants, C

Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 60 and older, is offering free online classes that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes, which are offered live via video conference, enhance a wide variety of life skills. Classes Aug. 24-28 will focus on Voice Assistants, Creative Writing and How to Use Zoom.

In addition to classes in English, two classes during August 24-28 will be delivered in Spanish. A variety of exercise classes also will be offered.

During the spring quarter more than 4,700 participants joined 124 virtual programs hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery. This summer, classes will cover Health and Fitness Technologies, the Internet of Things, Creative Writing, Civic Engagement Online and Using Zoom.

The program is supported by the County’s Department of Technology Services’ ultraMontgomery program in partnership with nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). The County’s Department of Recreation and Montgomery County Public Libraries also are partners in helping provide the classes at no charge to participants.Sessions concentrate on user-friendly tools and resources and are designed to enable older adults to learn to utilize technologies to improve their daily lives. Senior Planet Montgomery utilizes curricula created by OATS, which also provides training staff and works with numerous County departments to identify topics of interest for Montgomery residents. OATS sponsors similar Senior Planet programming in six states. The County’s Department of Environmental Protection contributes to the program’s course offerings by producing sessions on how to lower energy costs.

Classes change on a weekly basis. A home internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) are all that is required to participate.

Classes to be offered Aug. 24-28 will include:

  • Voice Assistants: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Learn about the many devices, current uses and future implications of voice assistant technology.

  • Creative Writing Club: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Join this program for part two of reflecting on the techniques of crafting poetry. Continue building poems and learn how to better develop a writing style and voice.

  • How to Use Zoom: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Program designed for beginning Zoom users offers orientation and answers on using Zoom videoconferencing software as a participant. Learn the features available to video chat with friends and family, and how to take virtual classes with Senior Planet.

  • How to Choose a New Computer: Thursday, Aug. 27, 4-5 p.m. Informational session addresses some of the most common questions surrounding how to choose a new computer, including where to start, reliable brands, how to budget and explanations of technical specifications.

  • Age Friendly: Friday, Aug. 28, 11 a.m.- noon. Lecture will address WHO’s eight elements of an age-friendly city and what makes a business age-friendly. Learn how to use social media to advocate for age-friendly spaces and policies at local businesses.

Clases en Español:

  • #AgeFriendly: Lunes, 24 de Agosto. 11 a.m.- noon. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha pedido un mundo más amigable al envejecimiento (“age-friendly”), donde los adultos mayores puedan acceder, disfrutar y contribuir a sus comunidades y más. En esta lección, aprenderá sobre los ocho elementos de la OMS de una ciudad amigable al envejecimiento y qué hace que una empresa sea amigable al envejecimiento. También discutirá cómo usar las redes sociales para abogar por espacios y políticas amigables al envejecimiento en los negocios locales.

  • Todo Sobre Teléfonos Inteligentes: Miércoles, 26 de Agosto. 11 a.m.- noon. Los teléfonos inteligentes han cambiado la manera en que la gente se conecta una a otra y la tecnología continúa avanzando! Algunas de las medidas de seguridad podrian incluir reconocimiento facial y de voz y a menudo somos capaces de compartir nuestra ubicación con nuestros amigos y familiares. Algunas características de accesibilidad nos permiten incrementar el tamaño del texto, lectura de la pantalla en altavoz e incluso el dictado de mensajes de texto. Únete a este programa para compartir las características que tu has usado y recibir apoyo para tu conveniencia!

For more information about Senior Planet Montgomery and to view its virtual program offerings, visit The team can be contacted at 240-753-0676 or via email at

To sign up for the Senior Planet Montgomery newsletter, which includes detailed information about upcoming classes, go to

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