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San Diego Oasis hosts free four-day Virtual Technology Fair for older adults

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San Diego Oasis will host its highly anticipated eighth annual “Get Connected: Technology Fair for Adults 50+,” and for the first time ever the event will be completely virtual.

Touted as the region’s largest technology event, the nonprofit anticipates that more than 10,000 older adults will attend, including not only local members, but also older adults from around the United States. The event is free, but registration is required. RSVP at sandiegoaasis.org.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s more important than ever to get older adults connected to technology. Older adults ages 50 and over are not only in the highest risk category of contracting the virus, but also for isolation and loneliness. But when older adults can actively engage, they have a positive attitude, and feel more connected and curious to explore the world.

“San Diego Oasis is excited to host our first-ever virtual Tech Fair,” says Simona Valanciute, president and CEO, San Diego Oasis. “Since March, we moved all of our in-person classes virtual to continue servicing our members, keeping them active and independent as we don’t want them to lose momentum. This is the perfect time to host a multi-day online event like this to support our tech-curious older adults as they venture into the digital world and integrate tech into their daily lives.”

What to Expect at This Year’s Virtual Tech Fair

Although online, “Get Connected” will feature free sessions presented by knowledgeable speakers addressing a wide variety of technology-related topics, including social networking, online safety, innovative apps, smartphones and tablets, and much more. Attendees will have the opportunity to consult with experts to answer just about any kind of tech question like ‘how do I connect all of my devices to my smart watch’? or ‘how do I spot an online scam’? Opportunity drawings for the chance to win exciting tech-related gifts will be held throughout the four-day event.

This annual immersive technology event is designed to help ease frustration when it comes to smartphones, computers, tablets, apps, telemedicine, and much more. Day one of the Tech Fair will kick off with Irwin Jacobs, founder of Qualcomm who will provide opening remarks.

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Irwin Jacobs


Here’s Your ‘Why’ to Attend

San Diego Oasis is currently engaging with more than 5,500 older adult members to offer online classes; however, a number of its members have expressed lack of devices either due to affordability or not understanding how to use them. Not only do San Diego Oasis members learn more about how to connect to telehealth appointments, communicate with family and friends, engage in world news, and join learning groups in topics that range from basic phone how tos to art, languages, history, finance, music, food, health and wellness, but also stay active with online demonstrations of exercise and dance.

Events like “Get Connected” spark confidence in seniors to adapt more digital tools to help them use the technology in their pocket in ways they didn’t even imagine. “There’s nothing better than seeing our members get excited about learning to maneuver a new device or app. These are skills that will help them stay active and engaged during these difficult times, but most importantly stay connected and close with their friends and loved ones from miles away,” says Valanciute.


Know Before You Go

“Get Connected: Technology Fair for Adults 50+”
Hosted by San Diego Oasis, Sponsored by County of San Diego Aging and Independence Services
Tuesday, Oct. 20 through Friday, Oct. 23 / Daily from 9am-1pm
Event is free, but registration is required.
Go to www.sandiegooasis.org to register for Class #75


About San Diego Oasis

San Diego Oasis, an award-winning nonprofit organization, is on a mission to change the way people experience aging and pursue vibrant, healthy, productive and meaningful lives through education and community service. The community-based organization hosts over 3,000 workshops annually at over 40 locations to 5,600 active participants throughout San Diego County, and is now delivering programs and workshops with their virtual senior center in response to the COVID-19 shelter-in-place health order. The nonprofit’s Intergenerational Literacy Tutoring Program matches an older adult in the life of an at-risk, low-income student in grades K-4. Their flagship center, located in La Mesa’s Grossmont Center, is an exemplary model of engagement for people age 50 and better. Learn more at www.SanDiegoOasis.org, connect on Facebook or call 619.881.6262.