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).

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


Online registration is available until: 9/30/2019
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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 Presenter

Ryan Elza serves as the Social Entrepreneur in Residence for Social Connectedness at the AARP Foundation, working to pursue poverty and isolation alleviation goals with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods, and the courage to innovate and overcome traditional practices to scaling solutions. He is the program lead for the Foundation’s Connected Communities voice-activated technology program to reduce social isolation. Ryan is a recognized subject matter expert in social isolation and voice first design for older adults. He has an extensive background in the social determinants of health, design thinking, and civic engagement. He has mentored hundreds of students and startups at various stages of development. Ryan is a trained anthropologist and has a Master's in Technology Entrepreneurship from University of Maryland.

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