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Connect

For those who have lost friends or have family far away, life can become isolating and lonely.  The VSC makes it easy to connect with other older adults. 

It’s a community for older adults to securely talk with other seniors, make friends, and build relationships.  Participants learn to use Skype and email as well as talk with peers in virtual classes. 

Learn

Participants can join live, interactive classes.  The classes are video-based so they can see, hear and talk with other older adults.

There are educational, recreational and cultural classes; between 25 and 35 per week.  Topics range from arthritis to computer skills to gentle exercise to history to enhanced well-being.

See a sample of our diverse class offerings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See a sample of our diverse class offerings.  

Play

The classes are discussion orientated and fun. There are curated Internet links to explore and games to play.

We’ve also created “social games.”  Our first allows participants to play a virtual game of Rummy, while they can see, hear and talk with the other players.

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Live Classes led by Facilitators

Volunteer facilitators lead a wide range of programming for VSC participants. There are between 25-35 classes available for participants each week on topics ranging from arthritis to beginning conversations in Spanish to current events to history of the Middle East to Objects of Design at MOMA to Twentieth Century Photograph by the New School’s Institute for Retired Professionals to enhanced well-being.  See a sample of some of the most enjoyed classes.

Volunteers are individuals recruited with a passion in a particular subject area or they are from community-based organizations, such as the Guggenheim, with a mission educate the public. Facilitators come from all backgrounds and locations.  Some are retired others are still working.  Some are here in New York.  One is as far away as Israel.  It’s virtual so you can be anywhere to lead a class.

We encourage you to consider sharing your passion with our VSC participants who are socially isolated and would welcome the opportunity to talk with you and their peers about your topic. 

Watch this video of facilitators who talk about why they give of their time to impact the lives of our participants.  

They are intellectually alive. Many of my most stimulating conversations are when I’m online in the class.”
— Joe M.
I have found a meaningful outlet to share a small portion of my time with the willing participants who add so much to our lives in their enthusiasm to have fun while keeping fit.”
— Carmen E.
It is very touching to see how people who are homebound make connections with one another. 
...it is powerfully meaningful.”
— Susan W.