Pandemic Response Roiled by the Technology Divide in Seniors. Zoom and FaceTime have been lifesavers for many older adults staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic. But an unprecedented shift to virtual interactions has a downside: Large numbers of seniors are unable to participate.
The Diva would add that some seniors who possess the technology still find that major conferences requiring many hours of online connection are challenging.
And as a p.s., John P., what you created sounds like a real value for people. Good going!
Then again, those of us geezers who don’t get involved in Facebook and similar online junk food avoid all kinds of bad information.
In 2014, I started a resource center for retirees of the largest private employer in the state. We found that only slightly over half of the retirees (56%) had a computer. Many of those could no longer use them because of physical or cognitive limitations. These folks (mostly lower income) were significantly disadvantaged by this.
For example, Medicare has a very good website – esp. useful for comparing drug plans. But if retirees don’t have computer access to the site, they may end up spending thousands more per year for drugs when what used to be the best drug plan for them changes its formulary. Since we started the resource center, we have saved these seniors ON AVERAGE $750 per year.
This is just another example of a significant yet unrecognized problem.
Good example of the advantages of computer use by seniors.