Camchat with older people
And they can engage with the outside world through news, blogs, streaming platforms, and email, even if they are no longer able to move about as easily as they once could.As one elder told me, “I can’t really move that easily without a caretaker and I only have her a few hours a day so [the tablet] …has been a great companion for me and it gets me connected with other people.” .
If you live far away from the people you care about, video chatting is the best way to feel more like you’re there with them in person.
Making webcam chat easily accessible online for everybody is a priority.
Goes without saying that we wouldn't be a great online communication platform if we didn't at least offer text chat!
Of those who do use the internet, nearly half say they need someone else’s help to set up or use a new digital device.
Even in San Francisco – the home of technology giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google – of older adults do not have basic digital literacy skills, and of those, more than half do not use the internet at all.