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Local News                    Forty-two percent of seniors in the U.S., or 27.4
                              million, have taken the leap into cyberspace,                Print                             If you owe less that $729K,
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                              according to the Pew Research Center's Internet                                                you up to $5000 to make
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                              In Palm Springs, the Golden Rainbow Center —
                                                                                                                             People are buying their
                              SAGE helps Coachella Valley seniors stay in-step with technology.                              dream home with help from
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                                                       The center, at 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive,
                                                       now offers hands-on courses in beginning                              California: Mom discovers
                                                       and intermediate Facebook.                                            $9 car insurance trick. Auto
Get online                                                                                                                   insurers are scared you will
                                                                                                                             learn this too.
Golden Rainbow Center — SAGE at 611 S. Palm
                                                       Classes provide guidance through a variety
Canyon Drive, Suite 201, offers a Beginning Facebook   of topics such as the creation of a
                                                                                                                             Refinance now at 2.6%.
class. Two sessions cost $30 for center members and    Facebook account, protection from online                              $160,000 California
$60 for nonmembers. For more information on upcoming                                                                         mortgage $659/mo. No ssn
social media classes, call (760) 416-7790 or go to
                                                       scams and predators, and how to add or
                                                                                                                             req. (2.9% apr)
www.grcps.com.                                         delete friends.
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                                                       David Bradshaw signed up for the                                      for California program to
                              Beginning Facebook class, which took place Tuesday at the                                      eliminate your Credit Card
                                                                                                                             Debt.
                              center.
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                              “Everyone I know is on Facebook. I'm new to it and am not totally
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                              confident in my use so this class helps,” Bradshaw said.
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                              Doug McClure, who has taught computer classes at the center for
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                              two years, has seen the trend in social media spread among               comment; says he was warning both British and
                              seniors.                                                                 rebels
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                              waiting list,” McClure said.

                              “Many of the people taking the class have different skill levels from
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                              beginning to more advanced.”
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                              Golden Rainbow is the only senior center in the valley offering
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                              But Mizell Senior Center in Palm Springs does not provide access
                              to computers, and so it is unable to offer classes.

                              Once Bradshaw set up his account and started playing around
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                              “I just had a birthday and I was amazed at how many people sent
                              me a note through Facebook. I got ‘happy birthday' wishes from           MOST COMMENTED
                              people who have never even sent me a card,” he added.
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