Riderwood Residents to Teach iPad to Fellow Residents (and Staff) January 6, 13, 20, and 27

Riderwood Retirement Community Residents in Silver Spring to Teach the iPad to Fellow Residents (and Staff) on January 6, 13, 20, and 27 Intergenerational Seminars to Focus on the Use of Apps (Applications) WHAT: Intergenerational seminars about the IPad in which Riderwood residents will teach fellow residents (and also staff) to use the apps (applications) that come with the device. Participants will learn about iPad options and how to get other apps for their devices. WHY: These seminars are being held because Apple recently released a new operating system, iOS 5, that "cuts the cord" between the computer and the iPad.  It is no longer necessary to own a computer in order to have and use an iPad.  This means that more people may be getting iPads during the upcoming holiday season since they now are independent devices.  The iPad allows people who just want to do email and internet searching to do so without using a computer.  It also serves as a reader for books and magazines and has over 5,000 apps. RIDERWOOD RESIDENT INSTRUCTORS (TRUDY DOWNS AND ALAN HEDIN): Trudy Downs worked in computer technology since getting her Masters in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh in 1981.  Her most recent experience before retiring was with Merck Pharmaceuticals as Corporate Manager of Records, which included both paper and electronic records. Alan Hedin's background is in science.  He created software on a variety of computers since 1960 to advance his studies of the upper atmosphere. He worked nearly 30 years at NASA GSFC. The iPad seminars are being held under the joint auspices of the Riderwood Computer Club, which has approximately 380 members, and the MAC Club, which has about 50 members. WHEN/WHERE: January 6, 13, 20, and 27 (from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.) in the Encore Theatre at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD. ABOUT RIDERWOOD: Riderwood (www.RiderwoodVillage.us ) has nearly 3,000 residents. It is the nation's largest continuing care retirement community. Riderwood's 120-acre campus stretches across Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, Maryland. It offers extensive wellness and prevention programs, balance assessment and fall prevention programs, and Fitness and Aquatics Centers.  Also, there are more than 200 resident-inspired and resident-led clubs, committees and interest groups in these categories: art; cards; computers and technology; dance; faith-based and interfaith; film, fitness and sports; games; gardening; lifelong learning; music; literature, philanthropy; political awareness; theater; woodworking; and writing. Riderwood is managed by Erickson Living.