Tech Fair to Create Computer Savvy Seniors — City of Albuquerque

By | March 25, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE— The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Senior Affairs and local nonprofit, Adelante’s DiverseIT are hosting the 50+ Senior Tech Connect fair on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center. Community partners are playing an important role in making it happen, Comcast and AARP, AT&T have stepped up as sponsors for the event.

“Our senior population was one of the most deeply impacted by the pandemic and staying connected with loved ones became a struggle for many,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “It has become important for us to provide hands on education to help our older adults feel comfortable with technology.”

The FREE event will provide a friendly, welcoming environment for participants to learn about today’s technology. The digital literacy event will help older residents make full use of their devices, learn how to stream movies and music, connect to friends and loved ones online, and stay safe from online scams. The fair is open to the public and will include prizes, refreshments, with lots of opportunities for hands-on learning. Registration is not required, adults 50 and older can just show up, learn, and have fun!

“We have seen first-hand the transformative benefits older adults experience when they are able to meaningfully engage online,” said Joseph P. Sanchez, AARP New Mexico State Director. “In today’s society being able to navigate technology and use the internet provides a higher quality of life and helps overcome social isolation by providing connection in ways we could not have imagined just a few years ago. AARP New Mexico is pleased to be part of this event to help older adults learn to navigate these vital tools.”

“We are proud to support the 50+ Senior Tech Connect Fair, aiming to bridge technology and digital literacy access for seniors across our community,” said Chris Dunkeson, Area Vice President for Comcast. “Comcast will be on hand to explain the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, and more. It’s a program of the Federal Communications Commission.”

“I encourage New Mexicans to contact their nearest Cricket stores to find out about discounted prices on wireless phones for low-income families, under the new national Affordable Connectivity Program,” says Bob Digneo, Director of External Affairs for AT&T New Mexico.

The City of Albuquerque’s Department of Technology and Innovation will also be onsite bringing awareness to the City’s WiFi in Neighborhoods program, which provides free internet access in parks, community centers, and neighborhoods throughout Albuquerque.

For more information on the 50+ Senior Tech Connect Fair visit cabq.gov/seniors/events or DiverseIT.org. Seniors can also call 505-764-6400, Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:15am – 4:30pm.

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