Reducing Social Isolation of Older Adults during COVID-19 with High-Tech Connectivity, Safety, and Exploration Ideas

Guest Contributors Theresa Davison and Joe Sample Science and technology have enhanced the opportunity for older adults to connect more with their world than ever before. The burgeoning field of gerontechnology is creating environments for independent living and social participation for older adults through technology (International Society for Geotechnology, 2020). There are two lines of … Continue reading Reducing Social Isolation of Older Adults during COVID-19 with High-Tech Connectivity, Safety, and Exploration Ideas

Low-tech Ways for Older Adults to Stay Connected During COVID-19

Guest Contributors Kay Vanags and Emily Winker Finding ways to stay connected during COVID-19 can be a challenge. Despite 90% of individuals between ages 65-69 and 44% of individuals age 80+ using the internet (Anderson & Perrin, 2017), connectivity can still be lacking in places like rural Iowa. Many of the ways older adults are … Continue reading Low-tech Ways for Older Adults to Stay Connected During COVID-19

Long-Distance Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Aging Experts

Guest Contributors: Maria Donohoe and Emily Winker According to a recent AARP and National Alliance of Caregiving study, 11% of family caregivers reside an hour or more away from the person for which they provide care (2020), known as long-distance caregivers. Caregiving tasks often include assistance with daily living activities (e.g., bathing, dressing, preparing meals), … Continue reading Long-Distance Caregiving During COVID-19: Tips from Aging Experts