SoFIA Now Serves Palm Beach

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (October 17, 2018) – The South Florida Institute on Aging (SoFIA) is training Palm Beach seniors in how to use technology as the non-profit that has been serving Broward County seniors for more than 50 years delivers services within the county for the first time.

“It will take a regional approach to undertake the social research, advocate for the public policy and provide the programing that will help South Florida’s seniors thrive in a rapidly changing world,” said SoFIA President and CEO Peter Kaldes, Esq. “We are pleased to offer the award-winning Senior Planet program that trains seniors to use technology to improve and enhance their social and civic engagement as our first services to Palm Beach County seniors.”

SoFIA is the exclusive South Florida provider of the courses created by Older Adults Technology Services of New York (OATS). Two classes of Palm Beach seniors are meeting twice a week now through December 12 to take Computer Basics for Older Adults. Skills gained from the course include sending and receiving email to connect with family and friends; doing effective online searches to have access to health, housing, benefits and life-long learning resources; navigating websites and online portals to participate in services, questionnaires, prescription ordering and online applications; using google maps to view and plan transportation routes and using YouTube to explore learning tutorials, entertainment and interests.

The two classes are fully enrolled and will be held at Abbey Delray Community and City of Boynton Beach Senior Center.

SoFIA’s expansion into Palm Beach is made possible through a grant from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation marking the first time the Foundation has supported services in Florida. The CTA Foundation is a public, national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives.

“As part of its largest grant class ever, CTA Foundation is supporting OATS in the development of additional content and best practices for the Senior Planet platform as well as SoFiA’s introduction of the program into Palm Beach,” said Stephen Ewell, executive director, CTA Foundation. “SoFIA has made a tremendous impact on the lives of seniors and we are pleased to support expanding its service area with this program of real-world solutions to digital literacy and social isolation.”

A non-profit think and act tank, SoFIA creates planning and development strategies to deliver socio-economic support programs for South Florida seniors that can also serve as a model for other communities with aging populations.

Launched in Broward County in June, Senior Planet was offered in fully-enrolled sessions in Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac, Deerfield and Hollywood including classes dedicated to veterans.

The introduction of Senior Planet by SoFIA is sponsored by The Jim Moran Foundation, Consumer Technology Association Foundation, Citrix and Erwin M. Vasquez, M.D. and Elaine Vasquez Family Foundation Fund in honor of Doctors Natalie A. and Oscar Nadeau of the Community Foundation of Broward with additional support from Comcast and Wells Fargo.

To register for future classes call 954.484.7177 ext. 7 or email seniorplanet@thesofia.org. Visit www.theSoFIA.org for more information.

Peter Kaldes