WEB100219 - Using Technology to Address Isolation and Loneliness
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Learn about best and promising practices for addressing isolation and loneliness using technology. Technology offers a variety of possibilities for social connection — but older adults face barriers to adopting technology as they age. Learn how social connectedness and resident engagement can be increased through voice-activated technology such as Amazon, Alexa and Google. This webinar is 2 - 3:30 ET (Eastern).

10/2/2019
When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019
2:00 - 3:30 PM (ET)
Where: Online
United States
Contact: (614) 848-5958


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Webinar Registration by September 30, 2019: Members $55; Non-members $85 - 1.5 training contact hours

This webinar is 2 - 3:30 ET (Eastern).

Learn about best and promising practices for addressing isolation and loneliness using technology. Technology offers a variety of possibilities for social connection — but older adults face barriers to adopting technology as they age. Learn how AARP Foundation is working with providers of affordable housing and their residents to increase social connectedness and resident engagement through voice-activated technology such as Amazon, Alexa and Google. This approach empowers seniors to connect with their community (friends, family, neighbors, local activities, etc.), and with each other, through shared learning in group-based technology training. Voice technology is intuitive and easy to adopt, including for people with limited mobility or dexterity.

Who Should Attend: Service Coordinator (elderly, disabled)

Learning Objectives

  • Understand social isolation and the importance of social connection
  • Discuss common causes and risk factors of isolation 
  • Learn about promising best practices for addressing isolation and loneliness using technology
About the Presenters

Adeela Abbasi recently joined AARP Foundation as community development associate for the Social Connectedness team. She brings with her more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, predominantly in the affordable housing arena. Adeela spent 10 years with Habitat for Humanity, local and international, building their social enterprise/fundraising arm and creating best practices to share with local affiliates around the country. For the last two years she was with Operation Pathways, an affiliate of NHP Foundation, where she worked in resident services in Southeast Washington, D.C.

At AARP Foundation, Adeela’s focus is on the Connect2Affect Connected Communities™ program, which launched in early 2019. Connected Communities provides affordable voice-activated technology to providers of affordable senior housing. Voice-activated devices and training are bundled with an easy-to-use community management platform that allows resident service coordinators to be in dozens of places at the same time – virtually.

E.A. Casey is a strategic advisor and program manager with AARP Foundation’s Isolation Impact Area, where they have led the development and implementation of strategies and programs to combat isolation and loneliness among vulnerable older adults. Working with researchers and practitioners from around the globe, Casey has developed a range of initiatives to address isolation. They have managed a broad research portfolio, including development of an online tool to screen individuals for isolation, and they have used human-centered design approaches to create and execute everything from technology training programs to community development initiatives. Casey now helps to lead the Foundation’s collective impact initiative Connect2Affect to elevate awareness of isolation as the major public health issue it is and drive creation and dissemination of solutions.

Casey holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in English from Rutgers University and is currently working on a master’s in social work at Catholic University.

This webinar meets the following HUD Service Coordinator Training Requirements Area(s):

Core Area: Community Relations; Current Issues

Statutory Area: An Aging Population & Process

Optional Area: Support Networks for Residents; Counseling; Motivation; Creative Strategies in Service Provision