It’s a “G” Thing: Center teaches new technology to older generations

Posted: 5:53 PM, Jan 23, 2015
Updated: 2015-01-23 17:53:25-05

"I don’t even know what Instagram is,” Sally, an actress, said.

From apps to computers to iPads, it can be hard to keep up.

“I don’t know anything about computers,” Manuel added.

And even tougher if you're over 60.

“I never learned to use a computer I was just thrown into it,” another woman said.

So to learn, they come to the Senior Planet Exploration Center run by the non-profit organization, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services.)

“What we’re after here is not just about people learning technology, it’s about recasting what’s going on with aging in America”

The best part is that it's all free.

"Class has been very important for me," Carmen said. “I’m retired, it gives me something to do which is important and the place here is wonderful for us."

“It’s important for me," Manuel added. "[Hopefully] later on I can correspond with my nephews, nieces and my family.”

While learning new skills is exciting, it can be also be frustrating.

“Sometimes I feel as though, I can’t do this,” Sally said.

“It’s sometimes confusing," Manuel said. "I sometimes feel well am I going to get it, but you just have to practice.”

But at the end of the day, everyone takes home more than just how to use the latest gadget.

“Very nice people," Enid said. "I’m enjoying the class a lot!”

“This is fulfilling my life," Sally added. "Also I’m meeting wonderful people.”

People from all walks of life.

“It’s a really, really diverse group," Kamber explained. "It’s so rare for people with such diverse backgrounds to sit together working on the same thing with the same set of issues.”

Issues people of every age can overcome with the right opportunities, support and attitude.

“What I’m getting from this is that there’s hope!" Sally smirked.