As the world moves towards digital services and access, many older adults are struggling to keep up with rapidly changing technology. To address this issue, Lincoln Land Community College is offering free classes to seniors who feel isolated, frustrated, and socially excluded by the digital world. The courses will cover the basics of email, the internet, mobile devices, cybersecurity, computer basics, and video conferencing. These classes will take place in the college’s downtown Springfield center at 130 W. Mason St.
Laurel Bretz, an assistant vice president at LLCC, stated that she has seen firsthand how older adults struggle with technology and its impact on their daily lives. She hopes that these classes will help bridge the gap between seniors and technology and enable them to participate more fully in today’s digital world. More details about the classes and registration can be found on LLCC’s website at llcc.edu/digital-literacy.
David C.L. Bauer is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the field. He joined the Journal-Courier in 2009 as an editor and added publisher responsibilities in 2016. Prior to his work at LLCC, Bauer worked as an editor for newspapers in Florida, Ohio, and Kentucky before becoming an adjunct instructor of journalism at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. In addition to his work as a journalist and instructor, Bauer has also worked at radio stations in Ohio as a news director and disc jockey.