Tech Talk

More than one-third of adults aged 45 and older feel lonely, and nearly one-fourth of adults aged 65 and older are considered to be socially isolated*. Loneliness and social isolation in older adults are serious public health risks, putting them at risk for dementia and other medical conditions.

Our member organizations are utilizing out-of-the-box solutions by leveraging technology to stay connected in a time when social distancing is the norm: 

Broadmead offers window visitation through a technology called Eversound. Eversound uses transmitters and specialized headphones to allow for safe visitation through windows and glass doorways so that families can connect with their loved ones safely.

Friendsview promotes the use of apps and podcasts for connection and self-directed learning, which is vital for mental health and general well-being. Click here for the highest-rated apps at Friendsview. 

Kendal at Lexington introduced a new web portal, CATIE (Communication and Access TInformation Everywhere), to streamline their communications. The web portal is not an external website but it is password protected and it offers residents a quick and easy communication channel through their computer, tablet, or smart phone. Currently CATIE has information such as the community newsletter, directory, and announcements but soon will offer the ability to register for events, access menus and make dining reservations.

Medford Leas has leveraged its closed circuit tv (CCTV) to circumvent the isolation. Since the pandemic, Medford Leas has been broadcasting a myriad of traditional in-person programs to its CCTV. They include live fitness programs, music performers, educational programs, lectures from their One Day University, worship services and even BINGO games. 

*National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2020. Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 

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