When Going Digital Becomes a Necessity: Ensuring Older Adults’ Needs for Information, Services, and Social Inclusion During COVID-19

The article in the Journal of Aging examines the immediate need for digital literacy for older adults who must suddenly learn to interact with health care providers, social services, and friends and family. Among the authors’ recommendations: develop tools like apps for mobile devices and intelligent voice assistants that promote interaction among family members of different ages; develop virtual gathering spaces that are welcoming to older adults so they can stay connected to friends they would have met at churches or community centers; develop tools that encourage virtual volunteering; and provide opportunities for those with digital literacy skills to help those with less skill get and stay connected.

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The Center for Enhancing Neurocognitive Health, Abilities, Networks, & Community Engagement (ENHANCE)
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