Resolution J921-2013

Honoring Older Adults Technology Services upon the occasion of opening the Senior Planet Exploration Center



  • Mar 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 18, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Older Adults Technology Services upon
the occasion of opening the Senior Planet Exploration Center

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and  knowledge  to
the  increasingly  active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
  WHEREAS, It is the tradition of this  Legislative  Body  to  recognize
those  organizations which faithfully serve the needs of senior citizens
with respect and a compassionate commitment to enhancing the quality  of
life of the senior community; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Older Adults
Technology Services upon the  occasion  of  opening  the  Senior  Planet
Exploration Center at 127 West 25th Street, New York, New York, in Janu-
ary  of 2013; it is the first and only center of its kind in the Nation;
  WHEREAS, Adults over the age of 65 comprise the fastest growing  demo-
graphic  in  America;  despite  the  rapidly accelerating integration of
technology into every facet of daily life, nearly  half  of  this  popu-
lation has never even accessed the Internet; and
  WHEREAS, Recognizing that the potentially boundless social benefits of
technology  would  continue  to be denied to seniors without appropriate
and proactive intervention, Thomas Kamber, Ph.D., founded  Older  Adults
Technology Services (OATS) in 2004, as a safe learning space for seniors
at all levels of technological comprehension; and
  WHEREAS,  OATS  provides  thousands of seniors a range of programs and
services, from computer basics and social networking to Introduction  to
the  iPad,  via  more  than  23  technology labs in local senior centers
throughout New York City; and
  WHEREAS, In this age of  digital  technology  and  social  networking,
Older  Adults  Technology Services' training allows its students to stay
connected to family, friends, and  community  and,  most  crucially,  to
remain competitive in the job market; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2006,  OATS developed Senior Planet, a digital community
created specifically for older adults  with  information  about  popular
events   and   enrichment  programs,  tech  tips,  health  and  wellness
resources, and a forum for weighing in on current affairs; and
  WHEREAS, The Senior Planet Learning  Center  is  an  innovative  2,700
square  foot  tech space serving those 60 and older; it features a state
of the art computer lab, 23 high-end workstations, a studio  for  smart-
phone  and tablet training, video conferencing pods, a video gaming area
and an open space for curated exhibitions, presentations,  and  classes;
  WHEREAS,  The opening of the Senior Planet Learning Center fully real-
izes the vision of its founder  to  engage,  train,  and  support  older
adults  in using technology to improve their quality of life and enhance
their social and civic engagement; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  commend  the
efforts of those responsive and visionary organizations that enhance and
promote  the  well-being of our senior citizens, whose wisdom, labor and
sacrifice helped to shape and strengthen the character of  our  communi-
ties; and
  WHEREAS, Older Adults Technology Services is such an organization; for
nearly  10 years it has been dedicated to ensuring that New York State's
older adults have the tools they need to develop to their fullest poten-
tial and, in so doing, has set a standard of excellence to  be  emulated
by others; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Older Adults Technology Services upon the occasion of opening  the
Senior Planet Exploration Center in New York City; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Older Adults Technology Services.


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