A university study has found the use of digital technology by older people contributed to their social and emotional wellbeing. Australian Ageing Agenda has seen this research lead to grassroots initiative to bring more local seniors online.
A professor from the University of Wollongong carried out the research and found that the social elements of the Internet helped older people deal with their isolation. The results from the research were so encouraging that the professor started a not-for-profit social enterprise, called “Living Connected”, to help older people understand and use digital technologies.
The digital inclusion of seniors has the potential to mean a lower burden of care for both the Government and carers. By using a computer to engage and connect, older people will be able to do things for themselves and this can translate to a better quality of life.
Living Connected, which includes a volunteer-run personalised home service, has so far helped approximately 50 seniors in the Illawarra region in Sydney. Some the services include computer classes for aged care residents and workshops to train volunteers.
Bringing it to the masses
The initiative is in the middle of a crowdfunding drive to help bring it to more aged Australians in more locations. People in Brisbane and Adelaide have already expressed interest in expanding Living Connected to their communities.
The NBN has also looked into Living Connected, and the crowdfunding aims to grab the attention of other larger supporters. Longer term, the goal is to develop systems that will aid in trouble shooting client problems remotely.
Expanding the scope and reach of Living Connected will ensure that the group can continue to provide support for older people who cannot afford the technical costs of going online, or don’t understand how to use the Internet. Once those barriers are removed, they can experience the social aspect of the Internet and not feel as isolated anymore.
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