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Special Editorial: The Role of Technology in Social Isolation

Stria Staff September 2, 2019

Stria considers the growing problem of social isolation among older adults—and how technology can help address it.

There’s a new epidemic on the rise. More and more of us—including older adults—are dealing with the impact of social isolation and loneliness. When nearly 3 in 10 adults over the age of 40 report feeling socially isolated, the longevity market cannot afford to overlook this significant challenge for our clients and customers.

You may have heard the statistic that social isolation increases health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. But did you also know that it’s increasing health care costs? Or that people growing old alone—so called “elder orphans”—are also a growing segment of society? What about older Americans in rural areas? How is isolation having an impact on them?

Social isolation and loneliness is a complicated issue, with many nuanced challenges. And those of use who work to support older adults know that technology can be part of the solution. The following stories explore social isolation among older people, and look at promising products, programs and solutions that leverage tech for real impact.

Editorial & Sponsored Content

Resource List: The Power of Connection as We Age

Positive social supports help keep us healthy and thriving throughout our lives. We’ve curated select resources that explore social isolation and loneliness as we age (subscriber only content).

Stria Zooms In

This recent online event explored the growing problem of social isolation among older adults—and how technology can help address it. We heard from experts, then YOU weighed in with small group breakouts.

How Technology Could Be a Solution to Caregiver Shortage

Technology will be needed to help maintain older people’s health and independence given the shrinking population of available caregivers.

Understanding Attitudes on Technology and Social Connections

Disproving outdated notions of older people through rigorous research led to a better platform design for OneClick.chat.

Technology Alone Won’t Solve Isolation and Loneliness in Aging 

Despite huge advances, there is no technology that can replace human touch.

The Future Is Here: How Tech Is Uniting Humans to Fight Loneliness

Technology is already changing the world. Dr. Kerry Burnight of GrandPad, asks “Why not use that change to fight loneliness among older adults?”

Making Rural Connections

Despite challenges, tech can ease isolation for rural older Americans.

Minds, Bodies and Wallets: The Cost of Social Isolation and Loneliness 

Mounting data and research increases understanding—and highlights the need for a range of solutions.

High Tech Meets High Touch in the Future of Care

Balancing high-tech solutions with the human touch of a Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver is key to advancing the future of care.

Older Consumers Straddle the Digital Divide

Older consumers’ relationship with technology is changing fast, as increasingly tech-savvy boomers enter the senior marketplace. 

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Serving Super Seniors: How Are Older Adults Really Using Technology?

Until we understand how older adults are using technology, we cannot assume that standard devices are helping them be less isolated and lonely.

The Unseen Opportunity of Elder Orphans

Avoiding the pitfalls of social isolation and loneliness is also a challenge for solo agers. 

Stria sponsors GrandPad and Home Instead made “The Role of Technology in Social Isolation” special editorial series possible.

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