Baby-boomers who want to learn new skills or brush up on old ones, or adults who have never used a computer, will find something of interest in the variety of computer classes offered by the Putnam County Office for the Aging. Classes are held at two locations: William Koehler Senior Center, Route 6, Mahopac, and the Putnam Valley Senior Center, 117 Town Park Lane, Putnam Valley.

Volunteer instructors teach the very basics to new computer user, as well as offer advanced courses for the newly retired, including new technology such as iPad , tablets,  Windows 8, etc.

Training geared to the needs of the “55+” population can be found at the centers. The classes are held in a safe and comfortable environment and volunteer instructors and coaches teach with patience that only older, mature mentors can offer. The teaching units are spread out to allow easy understanding, the student manuals are constantly being reviewed and amended, and they are concise enough to allow for home practice.

Disabilities such as arthritic fingers and slower cognition are understood by coaches and instructors. Unlike “adult education courses” these classes are limited to four to six students with constant individual attention.

Registration will be held at both centers the first Thursday of every month. Classes at the Mahopac Senior Center are: Computer Fundamentals, Word Pad, Internet/e-Mail, Maintaining Your Computer, Word Processing, iPad, Excel, and more. Registration: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Classes offered at the Putnam Valley Senior Center are: Computer Fundamentals, Maintaining Your Computer, Internet/e-Mail, Digital Photography, iPad and more. Registration:  10:00 a.m. to noon.

The program is sponsored by the Putnam County Office for the Aging, Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Friends of Senior Citizens of Putnam County. Those interested in learning more about classes or in volunteering as an instructor or coach, English or Spanish, may call Cathy O’Brien at 845-628-6423, or email [email protected]. Visit

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