older adults, COVID-19, technology, social interaction
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Gerontology | Medicine and Health | Social Psychology and Interaction
The COVID-19 pandemic has made the use of technology critical to remain socially connected with others while remaining physically distance. Senior centers in Massachusetts have had to think outside of the box and adapt their programs and services to be provided remotely, by phone, email, social media, and video calls. Moreover, senior centers have become responsible for helping older adults overcome their hesitations with using technology to keep them engaged and connected while physical gathering spaces have been closed.
Somerville, Ceara; Collins, Saralyn; Coyle, Caitlin; Mutchler, Jan; and Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Senior Center Response to COVID-19: Technology" (2021). Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Publications. 55.