Founders Hall communicates with members about Zoom classes

Pictured is the Founders Hall logo. The communications manager at the donor-supported center for lifelong learning fitness, and fun in Ridgefield writes this column about how it has put many of its classes on Zoom, while providing members without email, printed materials of the classes.

Pictured is the Founders Hall logo. The communications manager at the donor-supported center for lifelong learning fitness, and fun in Ridgefield writes this column about how it has put many of its classes on Zoom, while providing members without email, printed materials of the classes.

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It is no secret that some seniors avoid using technology, such as email and internet. But many others have adopted it and use it regularly.

According to slate.com, older adults adopt tech they find useful and resist tech they don’t.

Many seniors are reluctant to share information about themselves online, while for some, vision and dexterity issues hinder online participation. During normal times, this avoidance may be an annoying inconvenience to the people around them, but during the coronavirus pandemic, this is a more significant problem.

Eschewing technology has exacerbated loneliness because much socializing has moved to Zoom and FaceTime. Avoiding technology can be detrimental to one’s health as telehealth, and video medical appointments have become commonplace. It can cause delays in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine because many states have appointment systems online, often requiring an email address and online submission of information. (Connecticut also has a phone-based helpline).

Here at Founders Hall we moved many of our classes to Zoom at the beginning of the pandemic, and coached our members on how to use it. At the same time, though, we call our members that don’t use email, and we mail them printed communications.

Ridgefield residents 60 and older can join Founders Hall at any time. Visit founders-hall.org for more information.