Tuesday, March 24, 2020

More on Social Isolation and Elders During the Pandemic

Another article from Professor Naomi Cahn provides  Five Tips To Decrease Social Isolation For Older People During COVID-19. First, recognize "that approximately one-third of those 65 and older may have never used the internet and may not have internet access at home; among those who do use the internet, almost half need someone's help when it comes to setting up or using a new device.  And substantial differences in the adoption of technology adoption exist based on factors such as income and educational level."

First, most older adults do own a smartphone or have a desktop or tablet. That means that, even if they have not yet found youtube or figured out how to attend a Zoom’ed yoga class or even used Skype or Facetime, they have a digital device that will enable them to do so once they know what’s available on the web and once they have the appropriate hardware....

Second, using that device to stay connected then becomes a matter of finding the appropriate programs to do so. ....

Third, while much of going online may seem intuitive for many of us, that was not true at the beginning. As someone who has been both patiently walked through learning how to use Google hangouts, and as someone who has taught a family member how to use iMessage, I appreciate the importance of practice and of the patience of those teaching me.  ... 

Fourth, as older people go online, there is the risk of scams and fake information.  ....

Finally, for those who don’t have a smartphone or tablet, a landline remains a good way to stay connected. Family members can set up a schedule of who will call, and maybe, during those calls, even talk about connecting through the internet.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/elder_law/2020/03/more-on-social-isolation-and-elders-during-the-pandemic.html

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I believe that each on of these concerns and probably 10 others could and needs to be overcome with a carefully designed education program and then ongoing support .. Let's not immediately say it won't work . Lets help make it work!

Posted by: Betty Noyes | Mar 24, 2020 12:18:02 PM

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