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Technology gap for older adults can be closed

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clear that tech literacy and access are more important than ever for older adults. When it comes to improving the health and well-being of communities, it is important to fill this void.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought a rapid acceleration in telemedicine as people looked for ways to have safe access to health care.

While technology kept many people in the United States connected to care and their loved ones through technology, many low-income older people have been left behind by the sudden need to understand and access technology and Internet services.

However, among those who could benefit most from these services are 22 million older adults (65 years of age and older) in the United States who do not have broadband access at home.

Additionally, older adults (aged 62 and over) with incomes less than $ 25,000 at home are 10 times more likely to be offline. Many older adults lack the technological skills needed to use digital resources for health and social support.