Using information and communication technology learnings to alleviate social isolation for older people during periods of mandated isolation: A review

A recent collaboration between researchers, Emily Todd and Alison Mutch, from the University of Queensland, and Bronwyn Bidstrup from COTA Queensland, found evidence that information and communication technology improves social connectedness for older people to some extent.

Many technological adaptions during the COVID-19 pandemic have remained. Older adults are an-risk population for social isolation. Older people can be supported with:

  • Ongoing training and technical support
  • Prioritisation of co-designed and purpose-designed technology
  • Encouragement of family involvement

By doing the above, this can empower older people to maintain and strengthen social connections therefore mitigating feelings of social isolation.

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