Wednesday, December 22, 2021
With this latest COVID surge right in time for the holidays, folks may be debating about traveling vs. staying home. As we learned during the first lockdown, isolation can have a particularly devastating impact on many, and especially on older adults.
A bit ago, the Washington Post published an article, How technology can help seniors beat loneliness and isolation, which examines social platforms that provide connections, entertainment, and more. The article reviews some of these platforms. One featured, Papa, is provided through Medicare, Medicaid and some employer health plans and provides in-person connections. Other platforms provide these connections as well, and there is an opportunity for younger generations-not just family-to connect with older folks. Then, of course, are the platforms that connect virtually for virtual communications, some that emphasize intergenerational connections and match folks based on a common interest. Then the more "high tech" platforms are those that provide virtual reality, with the article noting that "[t]he immersive, 3-D experience is more compelling than FaceTime or Zoom. “It’s like the difference between a phone call and a video call...."