Older Adults and the Automation of Everything
Many older adults are thriving in the digital age. Others, unfortunately, are barely taking advantage of it at all. This article by OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber explores what the automation of everything has meant for older adults.
Smart Cities Dive: Older adults turn to technology during an ‘epidemic of loneliness’
This article by Smart Cities Dive highlights local efforts to get more older adults online with the help of federal broadband investments to bridge the digital divide, including OATS’ Senior Planet program.
WSJ Opinion: Older Workers Can Keep Up
Older workers are integral parts of the workforce. Read OATS Founder and Executive Director Tom Kamber’s opinion piece on the topic, published by The Wall Street Journal.
The Atlantic: Digital Connection Is More Essential Now Than Ever, and Seniors Are Being Left Behind
This article for The Atlantic explores the essential role that digital connection play in the lives of older adults, made even more crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic. OATS is highlighted as a solution to help older adults engage and connect online, and to help them get online in the first place through the Aging Connected […]
MarketWatch: Once considered on the cusp of retirement, these people are taking a ‘gap year’ after successful careers
The premise of adult education is transforming, with educational opportunities for nontraditional students at an all-time high. OATS program Senior Planet is featured in this MarketWatch article about older learners getting back into the classroom.
VOX: How boomers got so good at Zoom
At Senior Planet, participants often log on early and stay late after class to chat with fellow classmates and new friends. This element of socialization, facilitated by Zoom meetings, is essential to staying connected during the pandemic. Vox reporter Alex Abad-Santos spoke with his mother about her daily Zoom calls and found that, “Besides learning […]
Spectrum News: Charter Communications Donates Laptops to Older Adults Technology Services
OATS location in Plattsburg received a donation of 50 laptops from Charter Communications, the parent company of Spectrum News. This news report from Spectrum News highlights this generous gift to help even more older adults embrace technology to improve their lives. Charter Communications announced the donation on Monday, March 1 alongside State Senator Dan Stec […]
The Nonprofit Quarterly: For Older Americans, COVID Makes Closing the Digital Divide a Vital Matter
In this article, OATS (Older Adults Technology Services) and Senior Planet from AARP and are highlighted for helping the large number of older adults who do not have wireless broadband at home get online. According to the Pew Research Center, as of 2019, about 41 percent of people over-65 population do not have wireless broadband […]
The New York Times: Remote Learning Isn’t Just for Kids
Seniors are getting online, learning, and connecting in more ways than ever before. Through Senior Planet and the Aging Connected initiative, OATS is working to close the connectivity gap and help even more seniors age with attitude online. Senior Planet is featured in this New York Times article on remote learning for older adults, which […]
The Wall Street Journal: How to Care for Aging Parents When You Can’t Be There
In this Wall Street Journal article, journalist Julie Jargon discusses the difficulties of caring for older loved ones from afar, and how technology can help. “Caring for aging loved ones has always been difficult, and the pandemic has only complicated it—especially when family members live in different cities or states,” Jargon writes. However, technology can […]