In an effort to combat social isolation, Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman today announced the Department’s partnership with GetSetUp, an interactive online learning community, to provide free live virtual classes to residents of New Jersey aged 60 and over.
The GetSetUp platform offers live classes taught by expert peers in their field, social hours hosted by community members, and special events with guest speakers who directly address areas of interest to seniors. Older New Jerseyans can choose from over 500 courses available on a range of topics such as aging in place, computers, budgeting, mental fitness, and more.
Classes are offered in English, Spanish, Hindi and Mandarin. Classes are available 24 hours a day.
To access the New Jersey GetSetUp site, visit getsetup.io/partner/NJ.
“We are excited to offer this opportunity to older New Jersey residents who want to learn a new skill or just want to stay connected. Older people often face social isolation which can affect their physical, mental and emotional health. Exploring new activities, interacting and bonding with others can help improve their quality of life and help prevent health risks associated with isolation,” said Commissioner Adelman.
“We know that having social connections can help seniors live healthier lives. The GetSetUp portal offers virtual learning and social interaction that can help reduce the risk of social isolation. I encourage older New Jerseyans to sign up and take advantage of the free classes available,” said Kaylee McGuire, Deputy Commissioner for Aging and Disability Services.
Individuals can join GetSetUp courses from any computer, laptop or mobile device with an internet connection.
To learn how to create a GetSetUp account, go here
“One of our goals at the Division of Aging is to bridge the technology gap for seniors. GetSetUp offers technology and social media courses that can help older New Jerseyans become more comfortable with technology, so they can use it to their advantage. New Jersey seniors who do not have internet access can check their eligibility for discounted internet service through the federal Affordable Connectivity Program. Eligible individuals may also receive a one-time discount on the purchase of a tablet or laptop computer,” said Louise Rush, Aging Services Division Director.
“We hear feedback from learners daily about how technology helps connect older adults not only to friends and family, but also to opportunities to learn and age healthier,” said Lawrence Kosick. , president and co-founder of GetSetUp. “GetSetUp empowers seniors to learn about technology and how to use their smart devices in a safe environment that connects them with a vibrant community of peers passionate about similar topics. It’s great to partner with New Jersey’s Division of Aging Services to provide services that enable equity and diversity, enabling their aging population to live happy, healthy, and more connected lives. .
The GetSetUp partnership is the latest in a series of efforts by the Department as part of the Murphy administration’s support for New Jersey’s elderly residents.
Earlier this year, the state increased income limits for the Elderly and Disabled Pharmacy Assistance Programs and Senior Gold Discount Prescription Drug Assistance Programs, making more people eligible for the assistance with prescription drugs.
Last year, the state joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which helps participating states and communities adopt practices such as safe and walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in the community. Activities.
The Age-Friendly State Advisory Council, established by Executive Order No. 227, works to identify opportunities to create livable communities for people of all ages in New Jersey, recommend best practices for age-friendly work and promote community inclusion across the state. .