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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Paper Session #37
CE Offered: BACB
COVID-19 Pandemic and Digital Divide in Older Adults Living in Assisted Living Facilities
Saturday, May 29, 2021
9:30 AM–9:55 AM
Area: CBM
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Parsla Vintere (CHE Senior Psycholgical Services; Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)
CE Instructor: Parsla Vintere, Ph.D.
COVID-19 Pandemic and Digital Divide in Older Adults Living in Assisted Living Facilities
Domain: Theory
PARSLA VINTERE (CHE Senior Psycholgical Services; Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center)
Abstract: Initial reports on COVID-19 indicated first in China and Italy and later in the United States that the highest risk group for health complications and mortality is older adults. In response to pandemic to contain the coronavirus outbreak, social distancing and “stay-at-home” orders were implemented. Due to the health and safety measures, restrictions in the social relations were implemented in the assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers and nursing homes raising concern of increased isolation and feelings of loneliness in their residents. Therefore, technology became increasingly important during pandemic in keeping social connections - staying in touch with family and friends and health care providers. However, many of the older adults were not able to benefit from the use of technology. This paper examines the effects of digital divide on older adults residing in assisted living facilities during pandemic and behavioral health pandemic response. The paper will focus on (a) reviewing literature on digital divide in older adults; (b) presenting case examples of responses of older adults as it relates to technology; and (c) discussing potential research directions with the emphasis on the behavioral approach.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the major contributing factors of digital divide and its consequences among older adults; (2) apply behavioral techniques in teaching functional digital literacy skills to older adults.



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