Digital Afterlife Discussed in “Digital Spring Cleaning” Third Webinar

St. John’s held the final virtual webinar of the return in 2022 of its popular Technology Tuesdays Series on Tuesday, March 15.  This series had the special focus of “Digital Spring Cleaning,” with all topics related to organizing your online life. The topic for the final webinar of the series was an important one, but often difficult to discuss–Your Digital Afterlife. Over 40 people were online to participate with technology instructor Daniel Jones leading the discussion as the featured speaker.

A very poignant example of the importance of preparing for one’s digital afterlife came at the beginning of the webinar through the story of Jesse Berlin and his dad’s emotional plea, which was widely broadcast in the media and that ultimately led to many changes in current legislation about digital assets.

The major portion of the webinar was spent helping participants to avoid the situation Jesse’s dad was left with after Jesse’s unexpected death. With today’s updated legislation, allowing for more access to digital files by designees identified before a person’s death, there are many steps than can be put in place in advance that will allow for the better outcome of one’s “digital  afterlife.” However, Daniel Jones reinforced that people need to know what measures to put in place before death.

In an easy to digest manner, Daniel provided 4 steps for getting one’s digital assets in order. Other topics covered included some background on the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; how to create a social media will; how to close digital accounts upon death of a person; and conversely, the benefits of living forever online.

Sharing this type of instruction with seniors is nothing new to instructor Daniel Jones. Jones is an independent consultant/instructor based in Rochester, NY,  who provides both private in-home one-on-one instruction, as well as small-size courses and seminars at various community centers, independent living and assisted living communities. Jones has developed computer, internet and digital technology programs for Lifespan’s Lily Café and Senior Options For Independence (SOFI) at Fairport Baptist Homes. He has also taught courses and seminars through LifespanValley ManorOasis InstituteCrimson Ridge MeadowsThe Summit at BrightonBaywinde, Eastside YMCAPerinton Community Center, and The Highlands At Pittsford.

St. John’s is pleased to have brought Jones back in, not only for this webinar series, but he also serves as an instructor for our senior residents at St. John’s Meadows and Bricktsone by St. John’s, both for individual lessons and large group events.

For a look at all the webinars from the “Digital Spring Cleaning” series and past events in this popular category, check out our Technology Tuesdays video playlist. Also, watch for future events from St. John’s on our events calendar.

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