Giving every older adult the opportunity to thrive online
Did you know that 15.5 million older Americans are not online? This year, OATS and Senior Planet are launching a new, national campaign called Aging Connected, with an ambitious goal of helping one million older adults connect to the internet and thrive online. Our mission? To provide every older adult with affordable connectivity options and opportunities to gain the technology skills they need to support their wellbeing and maintain social connection online.
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About the Program
According to the most recent U.S. Census American Community Survey, only 67 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have broadband internet at home, compared to 86 percent of the overall population.
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) the nonprofit that runs Senior Planet, with support from The Humana Foundation, is leading a new initiative for increased internet access among older adults. The program will focus on getting at least one million disconnected seniors online, particularly those in marginalized communities, and will support equitable access to technology.
This campaign is part of a larger effort to provide immediate and long-term relief and recovery support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Support for seniors to access and use internet-based technology allows for improved health outcomes during the pandemic and beyond, giving people necessary skills for a range of activities including accessing telehealth services, managing online medical records, and creating greater social connections by reaching out to family and friends via technology.
Read the full press release for this new partnership here.