Free online learning available for Wyoming seniors

Free online learning available for Wyoming seniors

December 2, 2021

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

Jeff Clark, Head of Community Health Section of WDH’s Division of Aging, said the ‘GetSetUp’ digital education platform is designed to help older people bridge the digital divide, combat social isolation and to live a more connected life.

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

GetSetUp offers more than 2000 live interactive courses offered 24 hours a day and in a variety of fields, including:

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

Clark said the virtual classes are taught by seniors for other seniors, with more than 500 classes available each week.

Due to the WDH Aging Division’s partnership with GetSetUp, classes are free for residents of the state. The program is available online at https://www.getsetup.io/partner/wyoming. To avoid fees, residents should use promo code “Wyoming” when booking classes.

“Lifelong learning is healthy for all of us,” said Clark. “The Internet is part of everyday life. It is important that older people feel safe and comfortable online. The courses offered by this program will help.