Free Online Classes For Montgomery County Seniors: Nov. 16-20

GERMANTOWN, MD — Montgomery County seniors can take free online classes to learn how to better navigate life at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Senior Planet Montgomery, the county’s technology training program for residents 60 and older, typically offers lectures, hands-on workshops, and multi-week courses at libraries and senior centers. […]

GERMANTOWN, MD — Montgomery County seniors can take free online classes to learn how to better navigate life at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Senior Planet Montgomery, the county’s technology training program for residents 60 and older, typically offers lectures, hands-on workshops, and multi-week courses at libraries and senior centers. But during this public health crisis, Senior Planet Montgomery is moving all its programming online.

Many of the online sessions will focus on online user-friendly tools and resources for seniors.

“More Montgomery County seniors are online than ever before,” said Montgomery County Chief Information Officer Gail M. Roper. “The Senior Planet Montgomery programs provide a means for them to get more out of their internet availability, and we hope, more out of life overall. We have programs that are geared specifically to support the way seniors learn best — which makes so many things easier to understand.”

Classes change on a weekly basis. From Nov. 16 to 20, participants will learn how to initiate a Zoom video conferencing call, protect your personal information online, and take care of your mental and physical health.

Courses are also offered in Spanish.

Take a look:

What to Expect From a Virtual QHEC

  • When: Tuesday, Nov. 17, 3-4 p.m.

  • Description: This lecture helps find out how a household is using energy and how to save money. A QHEC is a Quick Home Energy Checkup and is usually provided at no additional cost by a utility serving Montgomery County. Crystal Faison, owner of Shepherd Energy, will present this event on both VHECs and QHECs, the differences between the two, the measures a customer may be eligible for, and other frequently asked questions.

Hello Montgomery County!

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 19, 2-3 p.m.

  • Description: Join fellow MoCo residents for an hour of socializing.

Protecting Your Personal Info Online

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 19, 4-5 p.m.

  • Description: Presentation will cover the ins and outs of how to protect personal information online. Learn tips for staying safe in cyberspace such as safe browsing, how to recognize online scams and when it is acceptable to share personal information online.

Mindfulness Applications

  • When: Nov. 20, 11 a.m.-noon

  • Description: Mindfulness is the ability to be fully present and aware. Learn to practice mindfulness through simple activities. Lecture introduces mindfulness and its physical and mental benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving memory and lowering blood pressure. Learn about popular apps that teach breathing and meditation techniques, as well as new technology like wearable breath monitors and smart yoga mats.

Zoom Q&A

  • When: Friday, Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m.

  • Description: Lecture is designed for beginner Zoom users. For those who have attended other sessions on Zoom and could use a bit more help, this question and answer lecture on using Zoom videoconferencing will be a great fit. Zoom works with iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. Zoom can be used in a browser, or through the app on a device. A Zoom account is not required to join this lecture.

Clases en Español:

Hacer $entido de la energía (Make Energy Cents)

  • Cuando: Lunes, 16 de noviembre, 11 a.m.-noon

  • Descripción: ¿Está buscando maneras de reducir su factura de utilidad y ahorrar el dinero para su bolsillo? ¡La conexión de Montgomery de energía puede ayudar! Esta presentación le da la introducción al sitio web nuevo del Condado, www.MontgomeryEnergyConnection.org. Le brindará información confiada y útil para manejar y bajar sus gastos y consumo de energía. Usted aprenderá cómo usar el sitio para encontrar programas de ahorro de energía, explorar tecnología para eficacia de energía, y recibir ayuda para entender su factura de energía.

Cómo administrar tu correo electrónico

  • Cuando: Miércoles, 18 de noviembre, 11 a.m.- noon

  • Descripción: ¡Administrar una cuenta de correo electrónico puede parecer una tarea sin fin! Ya sea saber qué hacer cuando recibe spam o correos electrónicos fraudulentos o simplemente examinar correos electrónicos promocionales, mantenerse al día puede ser abrumador. Únase a esta charla técnica para conocer las mejores prácticas para administrar sus correos electrónicos.

Click here to learn more about Senior Planet Montgomery and its virtual program offerings. You can also call and email the group at 240-753-0676 and [email protected]

This article originally appeared on the Germantown Patch

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