The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society cited Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP’s Aging Connected research report, published with support from The Humana Foundation, in its recent report Visions of Digital Equity.
OATS from AARP and engAGED have created a series of fact sheets to provide older adults with tips and best practices to safely and securely engage online.
OATS is excited to join the AgeTech Collaborative and become part of its growing community of startups, investors, and industry leaders all working to deliver value to older adults through cutting-edge technologies that have the power to transform older adults’ lives.
Press Release: AARP Survey Reveals Opportunities for Older Adults to Increase Disaster Preparedness and Stay Actively Informed During an Emergency
Only 1 in 5 older adults have downloaded disaster preparedness apps, signed up for text message notifications or followed national disaster resources on social media
The FCC’s Task Force to Prevent Digital Discrimination hosted a listening session to gain additional information about challenges and barriers around equal access to broadband.
Press Release: OATS from AARP works with T-Mobile to Empower Older Adults Across the South with Skills to Leverage Today’s Newest Technology
With support from T-Mobile, OATS will work with 100 community partners who collectively serve over 4,300 older adults across multiple southern rural counties.
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP is proud to announce that it has been selected as a Winner in the 29th Annual Communicator Awards.
AARP state offices in Connecticut, Georgia, and California recently hosted a series of Teletown Halls to develop digital equity plans that expand high-speed internet to state residents, no matter their age, where they live, or how much they earn. The virtual events are part of efforts by state digital equity offices to raise awareness of the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP).
Press Release: OATS from AARP Celebrates National Physical Fitness and Sports Month with Online Programs Geared to Get Older Adults Moving
In honor of National Fitness Month, OATS is hosting a variety of free virtual classes to help seniors get active, build strength and have fun while doing it.
The Senior Planet center in New York City celebrated its 10th anniversary on April 21! “Here’s to the next decade of creating meaningful impact and helping individuals reach their full potential in the digital world,” said Stella Fosu, Senior Planet Center Manager in NYC.
At this year’s On Aging conference in Atlanta, OATS was the proud sponsor of the Age Tech Pavilion stage, where it presented five panel discussions with thought leaders and subject matter experts on topics of importance to the field of aging.
Press Release: OATS from AARP Selects Five Exceptional Older Athletes as 2023 “Senior Planet Sponsored Athletes”
The Senior Planet Sponsored Athlete Program, now in its fourth year, highlights the remarkable athletic feats that older adults can accomplish–along with the importance of staying active and fit.
Press Release: OATS from AARP and Crown Castle Empower Montgomery County Seniors with Skills to Leverage Today’s Newest Technology
Crown Castle’s Connected by Good program will expand Senior Planet’s tech-focused classes and training courses for older adults across Montgomery County.
For the last 10 years, the OATS team has attended the annual tech event called the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) for the multi-billion dollar U.S. consumer technology industry.
Press Release: Immersive “Tech Tank” Program Empowers Older Adults with Skills to Leverage Today’s Newest Technology
Launching at Senior Planet centers nationwide, the Tech Tank program offers older adults a chance to explore and use new tech devices in-person.
This year presented unique challenges—the return to in-person programs, new strategies for innovation, and huge growth in our community-based nonprofit partnerships across the country.
Generations Over Dinner aims to enhance cross-generational understanding, through the unique lens of each generation, and create an experience that connects and values all perspectives across the age continuum.
Tom Kamber, PhD, Executive Director of OATS from AARP, is the 2022 recipient of the John and Jane Shalam Award to Combat Social Isolation.
OATS from AARP is working with The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan education nonprofit, to help older adults feel calm, cool, and ready to spot misinformation online!
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.