Free Online Learning Available for Wyoming’s Older Adults

Thursday, December 09, 2021

The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has arranged free access to a unique online learning opportunity, including live interactive classes, for older Wyoming residents.

Jeff Clark, Community Health Section manager with the WDH Aging Division, said the “GetSet- Up” digital education platform is designed to help older adults bridge the digital divide, combat social isolation and live more connected lives.

“We want to encourage our older residents to regular- ly engage with technology for social, informational and medical reasons,” Clark said. “We want them to learn new things, meet new people and unlock new life experiences.”

GetSetUp offers including:

  • Digital Divide – Learn how to use digital devices and access critical digital services (e.g., Zoom, Gmail, smartphones, online health, etc.)
  • Physical Health - Classes include healthy cooking, and evidence-based classes such as TaiChi, QiGong, and line dancing.
  • Mental Health Classes - Classes available on dementia, caring for loved ones with dementia, stress reduction and even chair meditation.
  • Social Health - These are interest groups hosted by fellow community members with topics ranging from gardening to travel to pets.
  • Vocational Health - Help for older adults to re-skill and re-enter the workforce with classes such as PowerPoint, Word, LinkedIn profiles, and how to build websites.

Because of the WDH Aging Division partnership with GetSetUp, the classes are free for state residents. The program is available online at https://www. getsetup.io/partner/wyoming.

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