How to Combat Social Isolation Using an iPad
According to the National Institute on Aging, “Loneliness is the distressing feeling of being alone or separated, while social isolation is the lack of social contacts and having few individuals to interact with on a regular basis.”
Older adults are at higher risk for social isolation and loneliness due to changes in health and social connections associated with aging. Studies show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with higher risks for health problems such as heart disease, depression, and cognitive decline.
To help combat these negative effects, try to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep (7 to 9 hours), and pursue activities you enjoy to manage stress and stay as mentally and physically healthy as possible.
There are also assistive technology devices that may assist people in combatting loneliness and social isolation. There are several categories of technology that have been studied as tools to lessen social isolation, including social networks, videoconferencing, and more.
The Digital Inclusion team at Sourcewise is actively working to help mitigate the feelings of social isolation through bridging the digital divide. Residents of Santa Clara County who are 60 years of age or older, live alone, and currently do not own a functioning tablet and/or no broadband access may be eligible for the Sourcewise Digital Connections (DC) Program. Priority is given to individuals who are low-income. Informal caregivers who are 18 years of age or older are also considered. This program provides iPads, technical training, and one-on-one virtual trainings to program participants.
To learn more about the Sourcewise DC Program for yourself or a loved one, contact a Community Resource Specialist at (408) 350-3200, option 1, or email email@example.com.