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Tech fair helps seniors adjust to digital age

Event offers classes on all areas of life
Posted: 7:46 AM, Oct 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-14 10:46:19-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A day-long technology fair promises to give senior citizens all the tools they need to stay up-to-date in the digital age.

San Diego Oasis will host the tech fair at the Grossmont Center movie theaters on Tuesday, October 15.

"We're covering all areas of life," says Oasis CEO Simona Valanciute. "We want to show how technology can make it more fun, more safe and more connected."

Classes at the fair will cover iPhone basics, podcasting, micro-mobility options, voice-enabled tech, cloud storage, identity theft, cord-cutting and more.

Norma Mendenhall has taken a handful of iPhone classes at Oasis already. She says this kind of education is vital for her peers.

"As a senior, sitting at home, thinking that's not for me, I can't do that, I'm nervous about it, this is the place to take all of that doubt away," says Mendenhall.

That advice is the same thing San Diego County officials want to spread. According to the County, there will be 1.2 million people above age 65 by the year 2030. Making sure they all are connected is key to keeping them safe.

"We've really never seen this kind of demographic shift," says Valanciute. "So, we all need to plan for this."

The fair is free to anyone over 50, but San Diego Oasis wants people to register on their website. They are also offering transportation from North County for people who want to come.

You can find more information and registration here .