Our Purpose

Aging with Attitude…and Tech

Senior Planet from AARP harnesses the power of technology to change the way we age. Our classes, articles, videos, and activities help seniors learn new skills, save money, exercise, make new friends, and so much more.

A Learning Community for Older Adults

Senior Planet is about much more than the latest gadgets, apps, and websites. Our organization’s purpose is to enable older adults to come together and find ways to learn, work, create, exercise, and thrive in today’s digital age. Senior Planet programs are built around five impact areas: financial security, social engagement, creative expression, health and wellness, and civic participation. All five areas represent opportunities in the lives of older adults where a significant impact can be achieved through the use of technology.

Making Technology Accessible…and Fun!

Wherever you are in the world, you can subscribe to our newsletters and join free classes online. If you’re near one of our physical locations, even better! We’re active on the ground in six U.S. locations (with more coming soon):

Senior Planet centers are vibrant social environments filled with friendly, curious older adults and lots of the latest tech gadgets. In these locations, we offer free multi-week technology courses that help seniors learn computer basics and develop life-enhancing computer skills: digital photography, social media, online job searches, and even how to make a website. We also gather often for senior-relevant tech-related lectures, workshops, and social events. More than anything, we have a lot of fun.

Connecting Older Adults to Tech, and Each Other

Like how this sounds? Make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletters that let you know about upcoming classes and events. We also encourage participants to become a Senior Planet Supporter to unlock benefits like Quarterly Impact Reports, Supporter-exclusive events and volunteer opportunities, and our Annual Technology Review!

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Who is OATS from AARP?

Senior Planet is the flagship program of the national nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP. In 2004, OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber and a group of dedicated volunteers launched the organization with a mission to help seniors learn and use technology so they could live better in the digital age.

After a series of successful collaborations, OATS formally joined the AARP family as a charitable affiliate in 2021. The affiliation allows OATS to pursue its mission at scale, helping seniors harness the power of technology no matter their socioeconomic circumstances, geography, educational background or age. Watch the video below and visit the OATS website to learn more about the organization.