As a charitable affiliate of AARP, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP and its flagship program, Senior Planet, will work collaboratively with state offices to provide interactive educational experiences for individuals each year at the intersection of aging and technology.
As part of their efforts to grow impact, reach and relevance, states can request virtual programs, plan for in-person Senior Planet events, and leverage existing capacity building and train the trainer resources to help expand the capacity of local organizations and volunteer corps.
A. Virtual lectures, beginning January 2022 – available to all states – limited capacity
OATS will partner with up to ten interested states to offer Senior Planet virtual “Explore Tech” lectures for state and/or local audiences in 2022. These lectures will be available on thirteen different topics and each state can schedule up to three virtual lectures. Instruction is led by a Senior Planet technology trainer and coordination (including promotion) will be handled by each state office and supported by Senior Planet. Each event will be hosted collaboratively by a state office representative in partnership with Senior Planet. A four-week lead time is required to schedule a session.
- Audience size will determine an event’s duration. An event attended by 15 – 75 people will span 60 minutes to incorporate Q&A and engagement between participants. An event for an audience of 75 or more will be presented as a webinar spanning 45 minutes.
- Lecture topics include: All Things Zoom, Cloud Storage, Google Maps, Introduction to Social Media, Mindfulness Apps, Online Health Resources, Online Shopping, Protecting Your Personal Information Online, Streaming & Smart TVs, Video Chat, Virtual Museum Tours, and YouTube. Lecture descriptions are available here.
B. In-person programs, beginning Spring 2022 – available to states within an OATS geography (CA, CO, TX, MD, NY)
With flexible presentations that cover more than 100 topics, OATS will work with state offices to deliver in-person programs in up to five states to help individuals better harness the power of technology in their daily lives. OATS will initially offer programming, support, and the direct implementation of 30 Senior Planet programs in states and regions where OATS operates, including New York City; the North Country Region of New York; Montgomery County, Maryland; Denver, Colorado; San Antonio, Texas; and Santa Clara County, California.
- Lectures and workshops consist of interactive presentations that span 75 minutes per session and cover mainstream technology topics that most meaningfully intersect with daily life as we age, e.g., How to Zoom, Protecting your Personal Information Online, and many others.
- Senior Planet will provide the presenter and work collaboratively with state offices to promote the program’s availability. A lead time of eight weeks is required to schedule a session.
- A complete list of available lectures and workshops is available here.
C. Build capacity for program delivery and work with state offices to share information about Senior Planet’s licensing initiative
Up to 10 States can leverage Senior Planet’s collection of capacity building resources and work collaboratively in their state to share information about Senior Planet’s licensing initiative among high-value partners.
- Capacity building sessions will help state office staff, volunteers, and interested partners learn how to meaningfully engage older adults virtually through technology. Session topics include Older Adults and Technology, Engaging Older Adults on Zoom, Getting Older Adults Online, and many others. OATS has capacity to host 24 total sessions in 2022 and requires a six-week lead time to schedule a session.
- The Senior Planet licensing program is a nationwide initiative designed to equip local organizations across the country with tools to help older adults access technology and use it to enhance their lives. The Senior Planet licensing program can act as a powerful connector between state offices and their partners who wish to ‘go-deeper’ using Senior Planet’s proven approach. The program is free for designated AARP partner organizations, and is intended for partners who wish to deliver Senior Planet content on the ground (in-person) in their communities. State offices will have opportunities to learn more about the Senior Planet licensing program in Q1 through info sessions (information forthcoming, dates TBD).