Seniors, could you use some help understanding your computer?
The Portland Community College Newberg Center has created a club designed for older adults who are strangers to computers.
The "Computer & Technology Club for Older Adults" will meet for the first time from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at PCC Newberg Center, 135 Werth Blvd.
"Computers and technology are your friends!" trumpets a release from the college. "Learn to use their power wisely and safely."
The initial meeting of the club will be hosted by Lynn Montoya Quinn, director of the PCC Newberg Center, and Don Gilbert, a gerontology intern and expert on senior caretaking and computer-related technology concerns.
"As personal computing and the Internet have transformed the world, a working understanding of computers has become imperative," the release said. "From managing social media accounts and banking to health care and entertainment, virtually every aspect of our lives is now accessed and controlled online."
Becoming fundamentally versed in computer usage is also a security issue, PCC officials said.
"Increasingly, as a byproduct of this, older adults are being targeted by a range of email and phishing scams," the release said. "Thus, it is critical for every senior to take a proactive approach in order to protect themselves and their financial health."
To that end, the club is designed to prepare older adults how to operate computers effectively and safely in a "brave new interconnected world," the release said.
Speakers will be Todd Kunz, a computer operations expert and instructor at PCC, and Jon Steinhart, an applied engineering and project management specialist. While Kunz will address the fundamental skills required of adults in an interconnected world, Steinhart will focus on security concerns of older adults, specifically how to spot fraudulent emails and messages, how to protect credit cards, password usage and other person information.
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