The Putnam County Office for the
Aging (OFA) was begun in 1969 as a result of the Older Americans Act.
The Friends of the Senior Citizens
of Putnam County, Inc. (FSCPC) is a non-profit corporation committed
to helping the Office for the Aging enhance the quality of life for all
seniors in Putnam County through fundraising efforts.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is funded by the Corporation
for National and Community Service and the Putnam County Office for the
Aging. The Program enables adults, 55 and older to contribute meaningful
service in a wide variety of community agencies. Some 500 volunteers provide
over 100,000 hours of service to the community.
One of the programs sponsored by RSVP and FSCPC is the Senior Computer
Learning Center, currently operating in Mahopac and Putnam Valley, NY,
and coming soon to the new Senior Center being built in Kent, NY.
The Computer Learning Center provides an opportunity for seniors who have
never used a computer to learn basic skills in a safe, convenient, day-time
location at a low cost. In this Information Age, computers not only help
seniors stay in touch with family and friends, but also provide access
to a wealth of information on health, retirement and Social Security issues,
shopping and travel opportunities, as well as a wealth of other information.
A study done by the Intel Corporation in 1995 found that the majority
of the seniors interviewed found it easier to learn computers from another
senior. It is this premise that defines our Computer Learning Center.
All of our classes are geared to the over-55 population and are taught
by RSVP volunteers 55 and over who recognize that as people age, their
Our classes are limited to a maximum of 6 students, with an instructor
and his/her assistants (coaches) for each 2-3 students. Manuals are provided
for each class, and are written such that the student can follow along
with them to practice at home. Several times a month the Learning Center
is open for student practice, where an instructor is available to provide
"You can learn new things
at any time in your life
if you're willing to be a beginner.
If you actually learn to like being a beginner,
the whole world opens up to you."
- Barbara Sher