Wednesday, 2:15–3:40, Mar. 28
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center Lake Anne
Instructor: Cherie Lejeune
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming integrated into everyone's life. Will it be useful for your daily needs? You can speak to a digital device like Siri on an iPhone or Alexa on Amazon's Echo, Tap, or Dot. All have online capabilities to source information and can even control your home systems, like the thermostat. For seniors who have diminished eyesight or not-so-nimble fingers for typing on a phone or computer keyboard, these new voice-activated tools are wonderful. The class will explore the benefits of verbal commands for devices and will get a chance to try out some of the products. The emerging virtual reality of AI as the next big improvement in therapy, education, and entertainment will also be discussed.
Cherie Lejeune found a third act career as a champion for technology awareness and best-use practices for older users. She has taught workshops, been a panelist for seminars, and works one-on-one with cognitively challenged adults and their caregivers. She consults for cutting edge gaming companies who are focusing on health applications, especially in the emerging voice recognition industry. She is chairman and co-author of Fairfax County’s Neighbor to Neighbor 50+ Initiative and is the Human Services chair for Fairfax Federation Citizens Association. She was part of AARP's Leadership “Aging 2.0's: 2025 Workshop” to help integrate new tools into the fabric of older users’ everyday lives.