The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the barriers related to technology use among older adults. With lack of broadband access in hard to reach areas, combined with lower usage of web-connected devices among older Americans than younger adults, older adults have experienced challenges navigating telehealth services and securing vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will cover a range of topics including adoption of technology among aging adults, use of assistive technology and telehealth in care delivery, and broadband access. Panelists will explore the impact of the technological disparities that exist for low-income older adults, marginalized communities, and urban-rural regions. The panel will discuss initiatives intended to address the technological divide.
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