Carol Neuberger, a Baltimore learner, loves to learn. She knows the importance of learning since her dad had dementia.
“Learning and exercise help to diminish the effects of dementia. My brother and I always noticed my dad was clearer after his morning walks.”
Carol retired early from her secretarial work, when she got a trigger thumb. She decided to stop working in order to help care for her aging parents, who were living in a senior care home at the time. As many caregivers know, organizing and settling accounts and end-of-life plans can be a lengthy process.
Never one to stop learning, she took up learning the skills she never had time to explore. Her interests range from art to technology, including sewing, jewelry making, sculpting, programming languages and the mechanics of microcontrollers.
Prior to the pandemic, she spent a lot of time taking classes at her local senior center. While she came from the secretarial world in the 1990s and had a basic knowledge of technology, she was eager to learn more about the Cloud. A high school volunteer tried to introduce her to Google Docs, but she was still confused.
“Cloud classes with Wade at GetSetUp were great. I finally understood what the cloud is.”
Learning from peers has been impactful. Carol had tried learning in local Hackerspaces around town. She had gone specifically to learn more about microcontrollers, such as Raspberry Pi and Arduino. She wanted to learn how to make a kitty feeder out of a plastic bottle, full of dry cat food. Once hooked up to a microcontroller and a timer, it would turn over to feed her cat at 2pm when she was out.
“There are lots of high-level engineers there to help. They tried to teach me, but just because they are extremely smart, doesn’t make them good teachers. GetSetUp Guides are above anything else I’ve ever seen. They can take complex concepts and explain them to the average learner.”
Carol’s favorite classes, though, gear towards the arts with Sue Murray.
“Sue takes anything around the house, like toilet paper rolls, and turns them into cars. I couldn’t understand how to effectively make an axel, and she suggested a straw. It worked! Even though it’s like almost midnight here when her classes happen, I love to watch what she makes, so I stay up late to see them!”
“I think GetSetUp is amazing. I don’t have to rush anywhere. I’m literally doing 3-4 classes a day. There are so many more classes I can take. Before Covid-19, I was rushing to 2 classes a day, if that, at the senior center. Here on GetSetUp, I can do so much more.”
Plus, Carol is taking full advantage by joining in dance classes and other exercise classes.
“There’s always a social aspect with the teachers and other people to talk to with classes customized for older adults. Line dancing takes tiny steps, which is perfect for an older person. You don’t have to be jumping around. I lost 5 pounds just in the last week, and I attribute that to just a few of those dance classes.”
Classes like these are nice to find others with similar social interests. One such interest is the House Music Social hour.
“I don’t know anyone in my age group that likes House music, so it was fun to take this class with others. We were reliving our club days. It’s just fun!”
In addition, technology classes are helping Carol to learn fun, new skills to apply in her daily life, like how to add makeup and lighting on Zoom using filters.
“Donna was teaching us how to charge a cell phone or tablet battery. You want to keep the battery between 30-90% when you charge. Then it doesn’t count as a technical charge, so your battery will last longer.”
Carol is passionate about learning in her daily life with her pre-Covid, Ukulele and Spanish classes, along with her new passion, GetSetUp. She sees GetSetUp as a long-term part of her life.
“I’m a younger senior. I don't want to rush up the street to the senior center with all the older people. I like sitting here. For me, I would rather sit here in my home for an hour or so. I can take more classes at my pace without running around. GetSetUp’s the answer for me.”
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