World’s first older-adults tech experience center – opening soon in NYC

[This is a post by the staff of NY-based non-profit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)]

Late last month, members of the Aging 2.0 network joined over 125 other friends of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) to celebrate the soon-to-open Senior Planet Exploration Center, the nation’s–and possibly the world’s–first technology-themed community facility expressly designed for older adults.  

This innovative Center will offer a powerful combination of world-class technology and tech-supported program services that will empower older adults to transform their lives. Free access to high-end broadband-enabled workstations, mobile devices, and a variety of digital tools and resources, coupled with a rich mix of training, workshops, seminars and a speaker series will create unique opportunities for older New Yorkers to increase their social and civic engagement, better manage their health,strengthen their finances, and find new paths to creative expression and lifelong learning.

Tom Kamber, OATS executive director and a April 2012 presenter at Aging 2.0 in New York, gave a video tour of the Center under construction, and was followed by three OATS program participants, including 93-year Irene Weissman, who remarked that “My life was completely boring until OATS helped me get online”.  New York City Council member Gale Brewer also praised OATS and its innovative approaches to harnessing technology to change the way we age.

The reception was hosted by Macquarie Group Foundation, which has underwritten a speaker series at the Center that will feature prominent commentators working at the intersection of technology and aging. The Senior Planet Exploration Center is located on West 25th Street in 2,900 square feet of ground floor space, and will open in November 2012. 

Tom Kamber with OATS-alumna Irene Weissman. Image: OATS




Macquarie Group’s Kathryn O’Neal-Dunham and Michael McLaughlin. Image: OATS