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Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors Oct. 12-15 will include Fitness Apps and Streaming and Smart TVs

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 8, 2021

Senior Planet Montgomery, a technology training program designed for County learners 50 and older, is offering free online classes that focus on how to thrive at home. Classes, which are offered live via video conference, enhance a wide variety of life skills. Classes for Seniors Oct. 12-15 will include Fitness Apps and Streaming and Smart TVs.

Classes will not be held on Monday, Oct. 11, due to Indigenous People’s Day.

In addition to classes in English, one class will be taught in Spanish, and one class will be taught in Mandarin. A variety of exercise classes also will be offered.

During the spring and summer program quarters, more than 3,400 participants joined 127 virtual programs hosted by Senior Planet Montgomery. This fall, classes will cover how to use and host on Zoom, online basics, popular social media sites, lowering one’s utility bill, financial security and civic engagement.

The program is supported by the County’s Department of Technology Services’ ultraMontgomery program in partnership with nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). The County’s Department of Recreation and Montgomery County Public Libraries also are partners in helping provide the classes at no charge to participants.

Sessions concentrate on user-friendly tools and resources and are designed to enable older adults to learn to utilize technologies to improve their daily lives. Senior Planet Montgomery utilizes curricula created by OATS, which also provides training staff and works with numerous County departments to identify topics of interest for Montgomery residents. OATS sponsors similar Senior Planet programming in six states. The County’s Department of Environmental Protection contributes to the program’s course offerings by producing sessions on how to lower energy costs.

Classes change on a weekly basis. A home internet connection and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet or computer) are all that is required to participate.

Classes to be offered week of Oct. 12-15 will include:

  • Fitness Apps: Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lecture covers many different types of fitness apps for any health and wellness goal. Discuss apps to help with nutrition, plan workouts and get better sleep.
  • Streaming and Smart TVs: Thursday, Oct. 14, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Presentation will introduce streaming: What it is, how to use it and the variety of content available. Learn how to watch live TV without cable and how smart TVs and streaming devices allow streaming from the Internet.
  • Google Workspace: Thursday, Oct. 14, 4-5 p.m. Learn about Google's most popular productivity tools that are for personal use, as well as work-related ones. Lecture will introduce Docs, Sheets, Slides, Photos, and Drive.

Classes in Mandarin:

  • 介紹: 擔任Zoom 視訊會議主持人(三), 10/13, noon - 1 p.m. 考慮舉辦自己的Zoom 會議?在這個介紹性的講座中,我們將討論如何準備第一次會議所需,以及一些成功舉辦會議的技巧。您還將了解主持人的可用的特殊功能,包括Zoom 確保會議安全的方式。

English Translation for Classes in Mandarin:

  • Introduction to Hosting on Zoom: Wednesday, Oct. 13 noon -1 p.m. In this introductory lecture, we will go over what you need to start your first meeting, as well as some hosting tips to make it a success. You'll also learn about special features for hosts, including ways Zoom keeps your meetings secure. After this overview lecture, you'll be ready for our hands-on workshops "Getting Started with Zoom" and "Hosting a Zoom Meeting," which include step-by-step instructions.

For more information about Senior Planet Montgomery and to view its virtual program offerings, visit The team can be contacted at 240-753-0676 or via email at

To sign up for the Senior Planet Montgomery newsletter, which includes detailed information about upcoming classes, go to

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Release ID: 21-812
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger, 240-205-1915
Categories: Senior