10/05/12

Older Adults Can Get Connected at Internet Fair

As printed in the County News Center on October 5, 2012:

More and more older adults are getting online whether it’s to check email, surf the web or set up a profile on a social networking site. A new Pew Research Center study found for the first time ever, more than half of U.S. adults over the age of 65 are going online daily. 

The Get Connected! Internet Fair for 50+ is Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cal State University San Marcos. 

“The County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative is about providing residents opportunities to improve their lives,” said Chairman Ron Roberts, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Learning about the latest technology devices, apps and websites allows older adults to stay connected to their families and friends and maintain active lives.” 

From Skype to Google, social media sites to news and free things on the Internet, fair presentations will help seniors navigate their way through current online hotspots. There will also be sessions on technology hardware such as laptops, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. 

“Technology is helping older adults stay active in their community,” said Supervisor Bill Horn, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “With the click of an app or a mouse, seniors can access the latest news, or find local walking trails, community centers or farmers markets.” 

A panel of tech users who are age 80 and older will explain why they enjoy going online, tech-related exhibitors will have hands-on demonstrations and one-on-one information will be available at the Ask the Experts tables. Attendees are encouraged to bring their small tech devices. 

The Get Connected! Internet Fair for 50+ will be held at Cal State University San Marcos Markstein Hall, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos 92096. Follow the signs to the free reserved parking area. Food will be available for purchase. Registration is requested; please call (877) 926-8300 or visit www.firstmile.us

The Get Connected Fair is being coordinated by the Technology and Aging Coalition of San Diego. Sponsors include the County’s Health and Human Services Agency, FirstMile.US, AARP, Cox Communications, SDG&E and Cal State University San Marcos.