Public libraries, senior community centers, and colleges and universities often offer free computer training for seniors to learn the basics of how to operate computer software and hardware. Retail outlets that sell electronic equipment, computers and tablets also host free seminars for seniors on how to use equipment they have purchased.
Local nonprofit organizations and workforce development agencies provide free computer training sessions for seniors seeking to re-enter the workforce and develop job skills. Some cities host computer training sessions for seniors at adult learning centers, offices of continuing education at colleges and universities, and government-sponsored agencies such as local offices of aging and social services.
Online retailers also provide video tutorials, instructional handouts and interactive tutoring sessions for seniors to learn how to use computers. Seniors can take advantage of websites such as SeniorNet.org that provide educational training opportunities with access to computer training, free online courses, and reviews of electronic equipment that is user-friendly for older adults.
Computer training courses for seniors focus on basic operational skills such as how to turn on a computer, how to access the Internet, simple Web searches and navigation of a computer desktop. Advanced courses explore how to use word processing software, photo and image applications, and spreadsheet software.