Voices From the Lab: Baby Boomers Retire and Keep Learning

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elderly person using a computerDid you know that more than 10,000 people are eligible for retirement each day in the United States?  Baby Boomers, those born during the years of 1946 and 1964,  have been entering retirement age since 2010 and many are choosing to do just that…retire(according to the U.S. Census Bureau).

If you’re like most of us, sitting still only feels good for a few days, then you want to be productive.   Maybe you’ll pick up that new set of Callaway RAZR X HL irons and golf; buy a Windsor & Netwon Cotman fan brush and learn to paint; or maybe, just maybe you’ll visit Mercedes at the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center and learn to use a computer to find out what Google is exactly!

The AFN computer lab at Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center is open to guests 50 years of age and older.   The lab houses 10 computer stations where warm and friendly Mercedes teaches a Computer Basics Class each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

“Oh my gosh! I remember just about everyone’s first day with me,” said Mercedes, in her beautiful Panamanian accent.  A Program Specialist for adult English as a Second Language classes with Austin Independent School District as well as Bilingual Trainer for AFN,  Mercedes has a knack for making everyone feel right at home in her lab.  “I love working with my seniors.  It’s so rewarding to teach them how to use a computer, or set up a free email account or even a Facebook account for the first time.”

Our Boomers take learning seriously and are determined to succeed. “They all pay close attention to detail, and as a teacher, those are the kinds of students we strive to have.”

Mercedes also has returning students, who are now friends.  “I have one friend who is putting his family tree together online using Ancestry.com and we work on the data entry, navigation and overall research together.  It’s so rewarding to know that when he first came to see me, he didn’t know how to turn on the computer and now he’s using a complicated website with confidence.”

For more information on Austin Free-Net please
www.austinfree.net or call us at 512-236-8225.

Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center
Open to persons 50 years and older.
Austin Free-Net Offers: Free Computer Classes, Public Computer Lab
808 Nile Street 78702
(512) 478-7695

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