Addressing Loneliness, Isolation, And Other Effects Of The Pandemic

Co-founder Lawrence Kosick discusses GetSetUp, a company founded in 2019 to provide an online learning platform for older adults with classes taught by older adults. In recent months, GetSetUp has announced partnerships with various state government agencies to address issues associated with the pandemic, including a partnership with The New York State Office for the Aging (NYSOFA). Older adults in New York now have access to GetSetUp’s 50,000 classes, featuring more than 300 different course options developed by and for older adults. The GetSetUp curriculum and community are designed to combat social isolation and promote independence through live, interactive classes and online connectivity with a community of more than 650,000 older adult learners from more than 160 countries around the globe. 

Neil Dsouza and Lawrence Kosick were trail running partners and seasoned technology executives who co-founded GetSetUp, a live, interactive learning platform for older adults who want to learn new skills, connect with others, and unlock new life experiences. Classes are taught by older adults and kept small to ensure everyone can actively participate. The platform helps older adults stay mentally and physically fit, creates economic opportunities through jobs and reskilling, and provides a community where people find meaning and purpose by helping each other and forming new connections. GetSetUp currently supports more than 650,000 older adults from 163 countries. Dsouza was the CEO of a Mumbai-based social enterprise, Zaya Learning Labs, that strived to provide world-class education for underprivileged children around the world. Kosick is a serial entrepreneur in the consumer and internet software space.

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