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Today’s technology changes so often it’s hard to keep up. But the Commission for the Senior Community, the Santa Monica Public Library and the Older Adult Task Force plan to make that seemingly daunting task much easier for seniors in Santa Monica. On Saturday, May 17, the groups will host “Get Connected!”, a free technology fair for older adults. The event will take place at the Santa Monica Public Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At the fair, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about and get comfortable using smartphones, laptops, e-readers and more. This event is perfect for beginners as well as advanced users – there’s always something new to learn.

Get Connected! will feature:

  • Computer workshops for beginners – topics include Internet, e-mail and using a mouse
  • Lectures – topics include social media/networking and safe online shopping
  • Gadget Garden – one-on-one help to answer questions and show techniques on devices attendees already own and use
  • Information Stations – participants can learn about different applications and websites on various topics

According to the Pew Research Center, around 77% of seniors say they need assistance using a new device like a smartphone or a tablet. On top of that, more than 56% who don’t use social media sites say that they’d need assistance if they wanted to use these sites. Statistics like these are why this fair, and other events like it, are so important.

Today’s technology is how we connect, share and stay in touch with family, friends and others; and while it may seem scary, it’s really not that bad. (Promise!)

For more information on Get Connected! visit:—a-free-technology-fair-for-older-adults

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