Tech for Seniors Sessions

Technology can be both enabling and frustrating, especially for seniors. The idea is to offer occasional “Technology for Seniors” sessions to LIFE members. Each session be self-contained, with the sessions offered on a first-come/first-served basis (seating may be limited). At least initially, the sessions be free to LIFE members. You are encouraged to offer suggestions for topics and for how the sessions should be offered.

First Session:


Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Engineering 103, 10 AM - noon

(slides - pdf file)

Session Description:

Technology provides connections that were never possible before. That can be of real benefit for everyone, seniors included. But that connectedness exposes us to attacks. This session, which is open to all LIFE members, will review the major exposures that we face with our computers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs, ... smart whatever. Short of disconnecting from the world, our challenge is find a balanced approach that provides the protection that makes personal sense. We’ll provide checklists, we’ll watch selected short security videos and we’ll have some time to discuss individual security and privacy concerns. Sign-up today, there are only a limited number of seats in the room.

Bob Fabian will be the session leader. Bob was the first Chair of Computer Science at York. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society and a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (And he leads music classes at LIFE.)


Possible Additional Sessions

Smartphone Plans

Bell, Rogers and Telus have physical and online stores with phones and plans to meet “every” smartphone need. Representatives from these Canadian telecommunications vendors will be invited to present their best offers for seniors. Assumes that a smartphone is wanted, but there is uncertainty about what to do next.

Desktop Options

When that old desktop computer is dying, what should be the replacement? We’ll talk about a Windows computer, an Apple computer, a Chromebook and using a tablet computer as a desktop replacement. Assumes that people attending will have experience with a desktop computer near or past its end-of-life.

Online Music

There are now a myriad of ways in which music of all types can be obtained online. We’ll examine some of the popular sources (YouTube, Spotify, etc.) and discuss ways in which you can build your own library of music. Assumes that sources of desirable online music have been identified, and the desire is to obtain a local digital copy.

Cloud Storage

There are a number of ways in which to store data (files, pictures, etc) online. You don’t have to worry about backup and your material is available whenever you have an Internet connection. There are many free and for fee online storage options. Assumes that participants see the benefits of cloud storage and want to understand their options

Office Options

For many of us, and for many years, Microsoft Office was the way to write documents, build a spreadsheet or prepare a presentation. There are now alternatives. There are open source (free) software options and Google Office offers an online alternative. Assumes that class will have experience with an office suite and wonder about alternatives.

Photo Editing

There are multiple tools available to improve your digital photos. This session will examine the simple ways in which you can change such things as: Brightness, Contrast, Gamma, Exposure, etc. And ways you can simply modify what is visible. Assumes that class will have taken digital photos and have a desire to improve the resulting images.


PowerPoint and its alternatives have become the most popular way to prepare presentations. There are tried and true guidelines for effective presentations. We’ll explore what should and should not be done in a presentation. Assumes that participants see the value in effective presentations and want to improve their presentations.

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