When Going Digital Becomes a Necessity: Ensuring Older Adults’ Needs for Information, Services, and Social Inclusion During COVID-19

Bo Xie, Neil Charness, Karen Fingerman, Jeffrey Kaye, Miyong T. Kim, Anjum Khurshid

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations

Abstract

Older adults are in triple jeopardy during COVID-19: compared with younger people, older adults are (1) more likely to develop serious conditions and experience higher mortality; (2) less likely to obtain high quality information or services online; and (3) more likely to experience social isolation and loneliness. Hybrid solutions, coupling online and offline strategies, are invaluable in ensuring the inclusion of vulnerable populations. Most of these solutions require no new inventions. Finding the financial resources for a rapid, well-coordinated implementation is the biggest challenge. Setting up the requisite support systems and digital infrastructure is important for the present and future pandemics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-470
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Aging and Social Policy
Volume32
Issue number4-5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

Keywords

  • Global health crises
  • aging
  • digital inequality
  • eHealth literacy
  • lifelong learning
  • social interaction
  • technology
  • telehealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Gerontology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'When Going Digital Becomes a Necessity: Ensuring Older Adults’ Needs for Information, Services, and Social Inclusion During COVID-19'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this