On Nov. 14, 16 area senior citizens received Certificate of Achievements for completing the "Generations-On-Line" free, basic computer training at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, Jamestown, site. All students received the training with the assistance of exiting Peer Coach Margaret Anderson.
Linda Spaulding, director of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging's Senior Community Service Employment Program, welcomed the graduates with a congratulatory speech. Beth Sitler was introduced as the new peer coach. Sitler read the poem "About Grandma." Betty Crowell, peer coach coordinator, administered a fun 1950-60s verbal trivia game. Graduation cake and punch were served.
The Chautauqua County Office for the Aging administers free computer training to senior citizens at various sites throughout the region. The "Generations-On-Line" software program was specifically designed for senior citizens to easily learn computer skills including using the mouse, keyboarding, navigating, searching and emailing. It also includes online interaction with young students throughout the country. Seniors attend their local training site and work through the training tutorial at their own pace, with the one-on-one guidance of a Peer Coach during weekly one-hour sessions, for approximately four to six weeks. Upon completion of the skills checklist, each student receives a Certificate of Completion. These seniors are now able to email their grandchildren, as well as search for and access useful websites for information on Medicare, Insurance, Social Security and other relative topics.
To date, approximately 950 students have completed this free training program. County training sites are located at the Jamestown Office for the Aging, Dunkirk Free Library and Westfield's Patterson Library. To schedule training, senior citizens should contact the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at 753-4471 or Betty Crowell, training coordinator, at 363-3845.