Senior Services of Central Illinois (SSCI) is offering a variety of virtual programs for seniors in the coming weeks. Participation is free, and registration is required. All programs will use Zoom video conferencing technology. SSCI has a limited number of Apple iPads available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis for seniors in need of a Zoom-friendly device. The free iPads do not include internet service.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially hard on local seniors. SSCI’s Senior Center in Springfield is normally bustling with activity Monday through Friday, but that all changed last March. Social services are still being provided by SSCI, but in-person events and gatherings at the Senior Center have all been cancelled. This has resulted in increased social isolation among central Illinois seniors for whom the Senior Center had become a home away from home.
As the pandemic has worn on, we have noticed more and more seniors using video conferencing technology to keep in touch with family and friends. With this increased openness to using technology, SSCI saw an opportunity to engage seniors virtually. SSCI’s upcoming schedule of programming includes something for everyone, so please encourage the seniors in your life to sign up!
Visit our website at www.centralILseniors.org to see upcoming virtual program opportunities, and to register for events.
For more information about upcoming programs, please contact Program Director, Barb Hipsher, at (217) 528-4035, ext. 149. To inquire about a free iPad, please contact Development Director, Justin Yuroff, at (217) 528-4035, ext. 118.