On March 7, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) celebrated the grand opening of the Senior Planet Exploration Center, located in Manhattan at 127 West 25th Street.
The invitation-only event featured a reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by a one-hour panel discussion, “Closing the Technology Gap for Older Americans.”
Senior Planet live-streamed the panel discussion (we’ll be replacing the live-stream video above with a full-event version on Monday), and people also followed on Twitter, tweeting questions to the panel members. To see the discussion on Twitter, go to #seniorplanet.
The panel focused on how, as a nation, we can ensure that seniors have the access to technology they so desperately need.
Among the issues that the panel explored are:
- The importance of technology for seniors
- The development of technologies that can help seniors live productive and active lives
- What it will take to close the senior technology gap by 2020
- The role of business, government and civil society in driving technology innovation for seniors
While technology has transformed nearly all aspects of Americans’ lives, until recently older people have been digitally excluded. Technology adoption rates by those over 60 lag behind the general population’s, and this “technology gap” can be detrimental to the well-being of seniors on many levels.
- Walter Woods, vice president, AARP Foundation
- Neil Harrison, senior director, Sony Corporation of America
- Judith Graham, contributing reporter, the New York Times
- Cathleen Sims DeVito, director of government relations, Time Warner Cable
The moderator is Tom Kamber, executive director, OATS.
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