Free 3-day program will teach how to connect virtually

Connecting with loved ones is the theme of the special “For Mom with Love” three-day program being offered by the Center for Aging in the Digital World this month.

"For Mom with Love" is a free mini-program that will be held at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 from 10-11:30 a.m.

The program is open to anyone interested in connecting virtually with their mom or special person. To register, visit

This three-day program is taught by Tak Sato, co-founder of the nonprofit Center for Aging in the Digital World and Observer columnist.

On the first day, you will learn how technology helps families and friends stay connected in a profound way when physical visits are not possible. Tak will share how his daily technology-assisted face-to-face visits with his mom who lives in Japan profoundly affected their relationship over the decades. Their chats not only offer his mom companionship, but provide a renewed bond that Tak didn’t realize he was yearning for.

Tak moved to Cleveland from Japan to attend college over 30 years ago. He and his wife, Mely, started their nonprofit, Center for Aging in the Digital World, to empower seniors with digital literacy. He believes digital literacy to be a 21st century life skill everyone needs to embrace.

Tak and Mely both share virtual time daily with their moms across thousands of miles. Their special stories of love and connection will be highlighted leading into the hands-on learning portions of the "For Mom with Love" mini-program.

On the second and third days of the program, participants will take part in simple hands-on learning that includes an introduction and practice using FaceTime, Google Meet and Zoom. No previous experience is required.

Contact Tak Sato at or 440-787-2020 if you have any questions about the program.

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