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Older Arizonans Tackle Technology

An online tool is helping older Americans in Arizona, like those seen here, learn more about iPhones, social media, and other technologies that continue to develop at a very past pace. Courtesy: AARP Arizona.
An online tool is helping older Americans in Arizona, like those seen here, learn more about iPhones, social media, and other technologies that continue to develop at a very past pace. Courtesy: AARP Arizona.
August 24, 2015

PHOENIX - Some older people in Arizona and across the nation may not be as tech-savvy as, say, their grandchildren, but an online tool may help to even the technology knowledge gap between generations. Cynthia Fagyas, communications director with AARP Arizona, says the AARP TEK Academy, which stands for Technology, Education and Knowledge is helping to teach people how to use iPhones, tablets and other tech devices.

"This is an online academy where people can go to the website, view the videos, view the tutorials, view the resources on different areas, like social media, online safety," she says.

Fagyas adds the AARP TEK Academy, online at aarptek.org, includes a webinar series on topics such as Facebook security, digital photography and building your personal brand online.

She says older Americans can immediately benefit from learning more about technology, as much of the world continues to migrate to the Internet.

"It can help them age in place, get around, connect in the neighborhood, network, because after all, we do live in a very high tech world, and it's just changing rapidly with the devices."

Fagyas says AARP TEK also provides access to LearningAdvisor.com. That's a site for adult learning that features a searchable database of more than 30,000 online courses from 20 different providers.

Lori Abbott/Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ