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Stymied by Your Smartphone? AARP Offers Help

AARP Utah has scheduled a series of TEK Workshops for those who may need some help mastering their smartphone. (ocskaymark/iStockphoto)
AARP Utah has scheduled a series of TEK Workshops for those who may need some help mastering their smartphone. (ocskaymark/iStockphoto)
August 5, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY - AARP Utah is sponsoring a series of "TEK Workshops," events to help people age 50-plus get the most out of using their smartphones. Three sets of TEK Workshops are scheduled Aug. 8, 22 and 28, covering such topics as smartphone basics, advanced skills, and how to stay safe when using these mobile devices online.

Laura Polacheck, communications director with AARP Utah said the events are designed to help people age seniors understand all the ways they can use their digital devices, and no one should be embarrassed about needing a little help.

"It's new technology and anything new, you can't be expected to know what it is," she said. "It doesn't have anything to do with intelligence or any education, or anything like that. It's something that's brand new, you have to learn how to use it."

Polacheck said the "TEK" in the workshop title stands for "Technology, Education, and Knowledge." The events are scheduled for August 8th in Draper, August 22nd in South Jordan and August 25th in Murray. Workshops are free and attendees can either bring their own phone, or use one provided at the workshops.

Polacheck said they'll cover such topics as an introduction to Android smartphones, how to access books, news and music, and conducting job searches in the digital age, as well as an advanced course called "Beyond the Basics." But she said the most important session might be the one on how to protect yourself online.

"One class that we provide, as well as how to use the smartphone, is How to Stay Safe Online," she added. "AARP has the AARP Fraud Watch Network, and we want to make sure that people don't get scammed."

Polacheck explained there will be different topics offered at each location, so she advised checking the schedule in advance for particular sessions. For information or to register for a TEK Workshop, call 866-591-8105.

Mark Richardson, Public News Service - UT