Conversations with GIA: Using Technology to Combat Social Isolation

While the use of technology to address social isolation among older adults is not new, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred great innovation and momentum in the field. As the demand for telehealth increases during the current pandemic, several changes have been made to telemedicine policy, coverage and implementation to make it more widely accessible. These innovations and expansions come with many considerations and challenges.

How can we address the disparities in internet access, digital literacy and access to technology, particularly in rural areas? What will happen to telehealth once the pandemic ends and how do we ensure these supportive services are sustained beyond the current crisis? How are organizations that serve older adults expanding their services to adopt technology in their work? Join GIA for a conversation about the current state of digital health and learn from two organizations who are using technology to combat social isolation.