With social media among seniors on the rise, Washington's AARP Foundation has teamed up with nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services for their latest tech program. Launched in collaboration with Comcast and social services organization Family Matters, this initiative aims to educate the elderly about technology and social media.
Targeting low-income seniors, this tech program equips its participants with a free iPad and enrolls them in classes that teach them how to interact with technology. From privacy settings to online safety, this effort gets seniors on social media as an effort to connect them with younger generations.
Encouraging seniors to "get in touch with old friends, find information about their interests, and diminish loneliness and isolation.", this program is already a success and is set to launch in other states in the near future.