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Tech Learning Is a Life Skill

There are numerous places in metro Atlanta where seniors can find tech learning and coaching. They range from tech sessions at retail stores, such as those for iPhone training at Apple Stores, to programs run at senior centers or residential facilities to private, in-home coaching.

Atlanta Senior Life visited the Cobb County Senior Services Assisted Technology Lab in Marietta. Join us for a tour of the facility, hosted by Felicia Alingu, Outcomes Program Specialist, as she demonstrates products and resources designed to make life easier for seniors.

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Personal Safety: The Levels of Security

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Animals provide assistance, support and comfort

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Furkids: Transfurring love across state lines

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