Seniors

Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit

Jul 18 2017 - 8:30am - 8:00pm
Location:
Washington State Community College, 710 Colegate Dr, Marietta, OH, 45750, United States

The Appalachian Ohio-West Virginia Connectivity Summit is bringing together key players from across the country to brainstorm strategies for bringing broadband access to our rural communities.

Low Income Devices and Connectivity

Aug 10 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

Leave No One Unconnected

Jul 11 2017 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location:
MN, United States

Blandin Community Broadband Program webinars are designed to provide rural Minnesota leaders with information they can use to help transform their communities into tech savvy places to live, work and visit. Communities serious about attracting tourists, new businesses, entrepreneurs and young people must consider technology and Internet access as an essential amenity for community economic growth and vibrancy.

If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination

Location:
USA, United States

In job ads, some employers have begun listing “digital native” as a requirement for the position. The term, many say, is a “code word” for young workers who have grown up with technology and will be able to use new systems with ease.

Growth in mobile news use driven by older adults

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Mobile devices have rapidly become one of the most common ways for Americans to get news, and the sharpest growth in the past year has been among Americans ages 50 and older, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Free Geek

Location:
Free Geek, 1731 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR, 97214, United States

In 2000, a collective led by Oso Martin recognized the need in Portland, Oregon, for safe disposal and recycling of electronics. Simultaneously, they saw an opportunity to get technology into the hands of those who did not have it. Free Geek began as a simple collection and refurbishment program (and, yes, it was started in a garage). A Free Geek gathering during Portland’s Earth Day celebration brought some formality to the enterprise shortly before it was founded. The new organization soon opened a storefront in an industrial area of Portland, where residents could drop off used tech, and volunteers set to work fixing it up and giving it away. The storefront that opened in a warehouse in the city’s Inner Southeast Industrial District 17 years ago now stretches half of a city block. This location, separated from most of the city’s residents, means that Free Geek must be a destination. Since the beginning, Free Geek’s service model has been structured around community service: volunteer a total of 24 hours and you receive a free computer. This approach fuels the engine, keeps resources available, and keeps people coming in the door. The program expanded so that students may complete 24 hours of any kind of community service in exchange for a computer.

Public policy can improve older adults’ access to technology

Location:
Brookings, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

Public policies are critical in narrowing the digital divide for older adults and ensuring more accessible broadband access.

Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those age 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are moving towards more digitally connected lives.

2016 Technology Trends among Mid-Life and Older Americans

Location:
AARP, 601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20049, United States

As Americans age 50 and older continue to grow their adoption of personal technology at an impressive rate, this report tracks technology attitudes and behaviors among this group over time. Highlights include device ownership, online activities, attitudes toward privacy, and the use of technology to stay connected with family and friends.

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Innovators in Digital Inclusion: Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center

Location:
Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center (ASC3) , 11011 Ashbury Ave, Cleveland, OH, 44106, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Ashbury Senior Community Computer Center (ASC3) is a community-based organization which provides technology training and low-cost home internet service. ASC3 serves four Cleveland neighborhoods (Glenville, Forest Hills, South Collinwood and East Cleveland) -- and anyone else who requests their services. These neighborhoods are economically-diverse and family-oriented with a strong representation of older, African-American adults and Case Western Reserve University students. The draw of important churches in these neighborhoods brings in traffic from elsewhere in Cleveland. All four neighborhoods have low home broadband adoption rates. Wanda Davis and her family wanted to strengthen their community. They had two family businesses they needed to close, but they owned the property and realized there was an opportunity to create a community center. Ms. Davis said, “As we closed the hardware store and deli, wanted to make sure what we left was long standing and supportive of the community. The purpose has always been about impact.”

Foundation for Rural Service: Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband

Location:
Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), 4121 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA, 22203, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Foundation for Rural Service and the Rural Telephone Finance Cooperative published an issue on Aging in Place and the Role of Broadband as part of their Rural Telecom Educational Series.

13% of Americans don’t use the internet. Until a few months ago, I was one of them.

Location:
Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

It took me until 2016 to learn how to use the Internet and get my first smartphone, both at the age of 68. It may sound strange to you that I’ve gone this long without Internet access, but I’m not alone — studies show that 13 percent of Americans don’t use the Internet.

Making the Connection: Lessons Learned & Ongoing Initiatives to Bridge the Broadband Gap with Older Adults

Oct 25 2016 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Location:
National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20045, United States

Join Project GOAL for a discussion on public and private sector solutions to bridge the broadband gap with low-income older adults.

In their own words: mobile-first seniors describe the benefits of connecting

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earlier this summer, Verizon hosted a mobile technology training session for local senior citizens in Washington DC. There, I saw first-hand the promise that mobile technology holds for seniors.

A new digital divide has emerged — and conventional solutions won’t bridge the gap

Location:
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057, United States
Recommendation:
2

Though the United States has made profound progress in making Internet access universally available, a new digital divide has emerged that defies conventional solutions. Since both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have promised to expand broadband opportunities if elected president, it’s crucial for future policy decisions that we understand who is still offline and why.

Senior citizens rarely consult Dr. Google for medical advice, study says

Location:
American Medical Association, 515 N. State Street, Chicago, IL, 60654, United States
Recommendation:
3

Senior citizens need more medical care than anyone else in the United States. And the Internet is chock full of health information. Yet seniors are far less likely than other adults to tap into it, new research shows.

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Digital Inclusion Heroes

We all fully expect the FCC’s decision to impact millions of lives, extending the benefits of broadband to people who, frankly, have faced the very real choice between an Internet connection or being able to put food on the table. I don’t discount that; I ask that, just for a moment, we consider the policy impact of the FCC’s Lifeline order.

Blaze a New Trail Online: Resources for Seniors

May 19 2016 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

A free, one-hour webinar to address digital literacy and broadband adoption issues affecting seniors and to share resources.

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FCC's Lifeline Reform Makes Digital Inclusion A National Priority

The Federal Communications Commission recently voted to modernize its Lifeline program, beginning to shift the program, which has traditionally made telephone service more affordable, to focus on increasing broadband adoption among low-income consumers. The key purpose of the FCC's actions is to increase the affordability of broadband service, which remains the chief impediment to broadband adoption among low-income consumers. In its Lifeline decision, the FCC concluded that low-cost broadband -- coupled with strategic, effective digital inclusion efforts -- will significantly impact the lives of millions of consumers, particularly those with lower incomes and in key demographic groups, such as seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, rural communities, and those living on Tribal lands, many of which may also have an increased need for access to educational, public health and /or public safety services. The FCC encourages Lifeline providers to work with schools, libraries, community centers and other organizations, such as food banks and senior citizen centers, that serve low-income consumers to increase broadband adoption and address non-price barriers to adoption. The FCC's decision marks the beginning of an ongoing campaign at the agency to build its digital literacy capacity and to keep apprised and abreast of the state of digital inclusion across the country. The FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) is charged with developing, within six months, a comprehensive plan for the FCC to better understand the non-price barriers to digital inclusion and to propose how the FCC can facilitate efforts to address those barriers. This plan will address promoting digital inclusion generally and also as it particularly relates to the new Lifeline program.

Dear Chairman Wheeler: The State of Broadband Is Hurting Vulnerable Communities

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will soon decide whether to approve or deny Charter’s proposed $90 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. We believe the decision is an easy one. If the chairman is concerned with the state of the cable and broadband industry, then the choice is simple: Block the merger.

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Understanding Broadband Un-adopters

As the Federal Communications Commission seeks to modernize the Lifeline program to include a broadband subsidy for low-income Americans, new research explains why some people drop home broadband service after trying it and recommends policies to help improve adoption rates in these households.

Seniors Technology Survey: 80 Percent Would Use More ICT With Tech Support

Location:
Bask, 3400 N Ashton Blvd, Lehi, UT, 84043, United States
Recommendation:
1

Eight in 10 seniors would make greater and more frequent use of information and communications technology (ICT) if they had ready access to technical support and assistance, according to in-house customer-based market research carried out by Bask.

Remarks of FCC’s Gigi Sohn on the Digital Divide

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

When thinking about the digital divide in America, I find that a useful number to wrap your brain around the nature of the challenge is 50/50. Let me elaborate.

Seniors and the Internet: 27 Percent Are “Virtual Shut-Ins,” Survey Finds

Location:
Stanford University, 579 Serra Mall Stanford Center on Longevity , Stanford, CA, 94305, United States
Recommendation:
1

More than one-quarter of seniors 80-plus (27 percent) are “virtual shut-ins” unable or not interested in using the Internet or social networking as a result of their inability to use the Internet or the need for assistance, according to “Rewiring Aging.”

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Robbie's Round-Up (September 21-25, 2015)

Broadband Opportunity Council Releases Report and Recommendations. Legal Briefs in Defense of Net Neutrality Were Filed. China’s President Xi Visits the US.

Senior citizens’ use of computers and mobile phones might shave 10 years off their mental age

Location:
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Recommendation:
1

A new study, published in the journal Intelligence, found that the use of computers and mobile phones could partly explain why senior citizens today appears to be four to eight years younger, cognitively speaking, than a similar population less than a decade ago.

Program trains older adults in online work

Location:
Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI), 8403 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910, United States
Recommendation:
1

Tony Sarmiento would like to see every senior citizen in America online. Connecting with friends, family and others with mutual interests through e-mail and social media staves off isolation, said Sarmiento, executive director of Senior Service America.

Comcast Expands Low-Cost Broadband for Seniors

Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Comcast has expanded its pilot low-cost broadband service for senior citizens to the San Francisco (CA) area, the company said.

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Helping Seniors Bridge the Digital Divide

Recommendation:
3

Pew Research Center recently issued a report on who is online and who is not. Seniors are most likely to be offline, with 39 percent reporting they do not use the Internet. Yet, there has been significant progress in getting seniors online. In 2000, 86 percent of adults age 65+ were offline. This progress is due in part to baby boomers entering the age 65+ group, but also to the work of many organizations across the country working diligently to help seniors overcome the obstacles they face in broadband adoption. Here are just a few of them.

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