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Senior Planet Montgomery Free Online Classes for Seniors Oct. 25-29 will include Mindfulness Apps and Google Maps

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 22, 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. 25-29 will include Mindfulness Apps and Google Maps.

In addition to classes in English, two classes 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 ones utility bill, financial security, and civic engagement.

The program is supported by the Countys Department of Technology Services ultraMontgomery program in partnership with nonprofit OATS (Older Adults Technology Services). The Countys 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 Countys Department of Environmental Protection contributes to the programs 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. 25-29 will include:

  • Mindfulness Apps: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Lecture introduces mindfulness and its physical and mental benefits, such as reducing anxiety, improving memory, and lowering blood pressure. Learn about popular apps that teach breathing and meditation techniques, as well as new technology like wearable breath monitors and smart yoga mats
  • Tech & Energy: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-4 p.m. Learn about the top energy users in the home and what to do to spend less money on energy.
  • Google Maps: Thursday, Oct. 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Google Maps is a mapping application that offers satellite imagery, street maps, and street-view perspectives. Lecture provides an overview of the platform.
  • Hello Montgomery Thursday, Oct. 28, 2-3 p.m. Join fellow MoCo residents for an hour of socializinng.

  • Classes in Mandarin:
  • iPhone (Apple 智慧手機 (三), 10/27, noon - 1 p.m. 如果您好奇iPhone 能做些什麼和為什麼它那麼的普遍,歡迎來看聆聽這堂講座。您會學到最新款項的iPhone 與它的特徵以及您想買一台iPhone 的話,該考慮些什麼項目。請注意,這堂講座的目的不是要教您如何使用iPhone--如果您有那一方面的疑惑,您可以請教我們的一對一的電腦科技的協助團隊。

English Translation for Classes in Mandarin:

  • iPhones: Wednesday, Oct. 27 noon -1 p.m. If you are curious about what an iPhone can do and why its so popular, come to this lecture. Youll learn about the latest iPhone, its features and what to consider if youre thinking of buying one. Please note this lecture will not teach you how to use your iPhone--ask about our Tech Talks if you need assistance with your iPhone.

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: 21-860
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger, 240-205-1915
Categories: Senior