Introducing Older Adults to the Expanding World of New Technology

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific

Presented by ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST)

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

This webinar is based on a workshop that was presented at the 2016 Aging in America Conference.

For the past 20 years, many senior centers have offered computer-training programs to help close the digital divide between younger and older users. But in recent years, the tech universe has evolved and expanded to include a variety of new digital technologies like smart phones, tablets and wearables, with newer technologies like robots and self-driving cars on the horizon. This web seminar will introduce two innovative programs—one in New York City and one in Silicon Valley—that are working to bring older adults into this new world.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify the key differences between providing instruction to older adults in computer skills and introducing them to a variety of new digital technologies;
  • Describe the evolution of digital technology over the past 20 years and identify the most important new digital technologies and their potential benefits for older adults; and,
  • Describe successful techniques for introducing older adults to new technologies.


Richard Adler is a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for the Future, an independent research and consulting group in Palo Alto, Calif. In the 1990s, he helped to launch SeniorNet, a pioneering program to introduce older adults to computers and the Internet, and he now works with Avenidas to create a new program focused on new digital technologies.

Amy Andonian is the CEO of Avenidas, the Palo Alto Senior Center, which serves more than 6,500 older adults each year. As part of a major expansion program, Avenidas is developing a new Generations Lab to introduce members to new digital technologies.

Tom Kamber is the founder and executive director of OATS (Older Adults Technology Services), where he has helped more than 20,000 elders get online, built more than 30 free technology centers, created the digital community and launched the Senior Planet Exploration Center—the country’s first technology-themed community center for older adults.


*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars