As a learning community for older adults, our commitment to innovation and excellence in Senior Planet program design informs our mission to change the way
Tom Kamber, PhD, Executive Director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP, is the 2022 recipient of the John and Jane Shalam Award to
Being online connects you to the world and a wealth of information. But as we click between lit-up screens that share daily news from around
OATS launches a new report that details how access to technology devices and innovative training programs can yield transformational social outcomes for older adults.
The Society of Certified Senior Advisors (CSA) Journal highlights Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP’s article on how to find success when helping seniors use new technology in their everyday lives.
Social isolation is a significant challenge for Americans, affecting one-quarter of seniors. Learn how virtual program delivery can be a source of relief.
In April, OATS was thrilled to attend the American Society on Aging’s On Aging 2022 Conference, the nation’s largest multi-disciplinary conference on aging, and sponsor
The Connected NYCHA program recently celebrated the graduation of over 140 older participants.
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.
Press Release: OATS from AARP Launches a Social Platform Exclusive to Older Adults, Senior Planet Community
Senior Planet Community is designed specifically for older adults, with the help of older adults, to ensure optimal user experience: simple layout, safe environment, and no advertisements.
Aging Connected, in collaboration with Internet Essentials from Comcast, has awarded 15 older adults new Google Chromebooks.
It’s been one year since OATS joined AARP as a charitable affiliate and we have accomplished a lot together already! As leaders in the aging space, the exciting affiliation was a synergistic joining of forces.
Press Release: OATS from AARP Awards Five Exceptional Older Adults as 2022 ‘Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes’
Following a competitive nationwide application process, five older adult athletes were named ‘Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes,’ receiving a $1000 stipend to meet their fitness goals and inspire other older adults to get active.
Press Release: Google.org Makes $10 Million Grant to AARP Foundation to Provide Digital Skills Training
Google.org has announced a $10 million grant to AARP Foundation to provide technology and digital skills training to 25,000 people over 50 who have low income, with a focus on women and people of color.
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.
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.
Press Release: OATS from AARP Launches GivingTuesday Campaign to Ensure Older Adults Can Continue to #ShineOnline at Senior Planet
The organization is setting its highest GivingTuesday fundraising goal ever this year of $50,000 by November 30.
Did you know your refrigerator accounts for 7-13% of your total electricity bill, depending on the appliance’s age?
Press Release: OATS from AARP and the News Literacy Project Announce Virtual Workshops for Seniors to Combat Misinformation
Leading Nonprofit Organizations Team Up to Empower Seniors with Skills Needed to Spot Misinformation
OATS will be hosting a live, interactive telephone town hall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, September 27, to discuss digital inclusion, prioritizing funding for services for older adults and the Emergency Broadband Benefit.
Organization is committed to bringing one million American seniors online by 2022
Social isolation is hard on everyone, but it can take a particularly large toll on older adults. As older adults’ networks decrease due to their
Press Release: OATS and CDC Foundation Launch Virtual Course on Digital Essentials for Older Adult Caregivers
Free, 6-Week Online Course Will Empower Attendees with the Skills Needed to Navigate and Understand the Digital World during the Pandemic and Beyond;
SeniorPlanet.org has been honored for Best Community Websites and Mobile Sites as part of the 25th Annual Webby Awards.
OATS is excited to partner with the New York City Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (MOCTO), the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA), and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) for another year to provide training to the 10,000 older New Yorkers who received internet-connected devices.
“The Low Vision Expo was a truly inspiring event, and a clear sign of what can be accomplished when groups work together to connect with groups in need.”
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
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.
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,
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
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
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
Press Release: AARP Empowers Older Adults’ Tech Use by Joining Forces With OATS, Launching A Virtual Community Center
“We welcome OATS into the AARP family. Their expertise and high-quality programming are lifelines for older people as they explore new ways to live, cope and thrive in a changing world.” —AARP COO Scott Frisch
Press Release: Report: 22 Million U.S. Seniors Lack Broadband Internet Access; First Time Study Quantifies Digital Isolation of Older Americans as Pandemic Continues to Ravage Nation
OATS, in Partnership with the Humana Foundation, Launches Unprecedented Effort to Bring Internet to One Million Older Adults by 2022.
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Among National Leaders Calling for Action to Expand Broadband.
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.
The Los Angeles Times spoke with professionals who work at the intersection of aging and technology about the best way to get older adults on
Over the last year, thousands of nonprofits have had to adapt traditional services to meet changing demands emerging from COVID-19 in an unprecedented, socially distanced
Aging2.0 strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. In this video interview, Aging2.0 Co-Founder Stephen Johnston interviews OATS Founder
During COVID-19, older adults still work for their causes, but primarily from home. This New York Times article highlights older adults like Paula Brynen who have transitioned their volunteer work from in-person to virtual, but the shift doesn’t come easily for all.
San Antonio becomes the first city in the country to commit to the “Mayors for Aging Connected” pledge, a key initiative of new OATS campaign to bring one million seniors online, “Aging Connected.”
No stranger to technology trends, OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber has been named one of 30 healthcare IT influencers worth a follow in 2020 by HealthTech magazine.
During COVID-19, older adults are discovering new ways to move their lifestyles – from classes to coffee chats – online.
“During the Covid pandemic and the resulting period of social distancing, it’s more important than ever that older adults stay connected to others and avoid chronic loneliness and social isolation,” said Heather Nawrocki, VP of Fun and Fulfillment at AARP.
Older adults are vulnerable to misinformation online even under normal circumstances, but the coronavirus has made the problem especially urgent. Older people are more susceptible to the virus, making discerning reliable health information important now.
Press Release: Older Adults Technology Services Receives $3 Million Humana Foundation Investment to Launch Aging Connected, a National Digital Engagement Consortium for Older Adults
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) will use the investment to develop pathways towards improved technology access and digital engagement for 1 million+ seniors
Richard Eisenberg of Next Avenue talks with OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber about how fintech can better serve older adults.
Senior Planet Colorado member and Professional Advisory Council advisor Stella Nash appeared on PBS12 program “On the Same Page,” a show dedicated to encouraging intergenerational conversations on ageism in Colorado and beyond.
“We’re glad to be part of such a comprehensive measure to make sure older New Yorkers have not only the tools to stay connected during a crisis, but also the resources they need to feel confident in using them,” said Alex Glazebrook, Director of Operations at Older Adults Technology Services.
Sometimes you know when it’s time for a change. We’re very proud to announce the launch of the fully redesigned oats.org!
OATS is proud to announce a $60,000 gift from the Consumer Technology Association Foundation to expand its Senior Planet programming in low-density and rural communities across the United States.