Area agency offering computer classes for seniors

A local agency is working to help older adults become more computer literate in preparation for re-entering the modern work force.

The Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging recently began offering Digital Inclusion Initiative classes at Columbiana’s Harrison Regional Library.

Through the classes, which are called Generations on Line, Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging peer coaches help senior citizens become more Internet and computer savvy by teaching them how to turn a computer on and off, how to use a mouse and how to search the Internet, open an e-mail account, send an e-mail and visit chat rooms.

“Using a computer for the first time for many people, seniors specifically, can be intimidating and justifiably scary,” read a Middle Alabama Area Agency on Aging press release. “Because many worked during a time when computers were not as common, re-entering the work force where computers are the norm is a difficult transition.”

All class teachers will be senior adults, and will be available 20 hours every week. Anyone interested in scheduling a class at the Harrison Regional Library should call 669-3910.