Sen. Krueger's Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors Session VII - Technology Can Work For You

May 03, 2022

Senator Liz Krueger’s 2022 Virtual Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors

“Aging in Place: Living Well in the Community”

Session VII: Technology Can Work For You

Thursday, April 28th, from 10 am – 11:30 am

The majority of older people want to age in place, which is possible with the right support and planning. This multi-part roundtable series will bring together experts and thought leaders to help us understand some of the vital components needed to age well in the community.

Feeling frustrated and defeated by technology? Don’t think it’s right for you? The April 28th Roundtable presentation will provide information that may change your mind. You will learn about tech classes designed specifically for older adults, and new tech products to support us as we age, including information about devices to help individuals with hearing loss. Finally, if you believe that tech devices are designed without your needs in mind, learn about the research at MIT’s AgeLab dedicated to improving product design and committed to including the older adult perspective.

The April 28th Roundtable features:

- Marco DiGirolomo, New York State Program Manager, Senior Planet and Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP

- Chaiwoo Lee, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab

- Greg Olsen, Acting Director, New York State Office for the Aging

- Carolyn Ginsburg Stern, Assistant Director of Outreach and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Hearing and Communication

 

Important Links:

- PowerPoint from Chaiwoo Lee

- PowerPoint from Greg Olsen

- PowerPoint from Carolyn Ginsburg Stern

 

--COVID Information

NYC COVID-19 Alert System: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-alert-levels.page

Link to the state order - 3/2/22 NYS DOH Commissioner's Determination on Masking In Certain Indoor Settings: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2022/03/2.60-determination-5.0_3.2.22.pdf

City-run brick & mortar and mobile testing sites: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/#manhattan City distribution sites where you can pick up free COVID-19 at-home rapid tests: https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/covid-19-testing-sites/#manhattan.

 

--Older Adult Technology Services (OATS)

seniorplanet.org

OATS Hotline Number:  888-713-3495

 

--Federal government new Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) for low-income households get help paying for internet and devices.

agingconnected.org/acp

ACP 877.745.1930

 

--Center for Hearing and Communication

CHC’s Website: https://www.chchearing.org/

https://www.chchearing.org/assistive-listening-and-alerting-devices

 

--Free Hearing Screenings:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/mimi-hearing-test/id932496645

https://www.oticon.com/your-hearing/check-your-hearing

https://www.chchearing.org/free-online-hearing-tests

 

--Products for Hearing Loss

https://www.diglo.com/

https://independentliving.com/

https://hearmore.com/store/default.asp

 

--Support for Hearing Loss

https://www.hearinglossnyc.org/

 

--Carolyn’s Contact Information:

cgstern@chchearing.org

917-305-7812

 

--Senator Krueger’s Senior Resource Guide

https://www.nysenate.gov/sites/default/files/article/attachment/2021-2022_senior_resource_guide.pdf

Email to request a copy at lkrueger@nysenate.gov

Call to request a copy 212.490.9535

 

--MIT Age Lab

https://agelab.mit.edu/

 

-- Links for Tech Assistance

--Search and Care

Search and Care’s “Silver Circles” program has been helping older adults increase their connectivity through the use of technology, in both one-on- one and group sessions. Pre-COVID, these sessions took place in our agency office and directly in clients’ homes. For now, all sessions are being conducted remotely (telephonic or video chat) until safe to do otherwise.

https://www.searchandcare.org/silver-circles/

 

--Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

 Members of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House’s Older Adult Centers can sign up for Tech Help or request the class schedule.

 Phone 212-218-0477

Email adulted@lenoxhill.org.

Non-members age 60 and over can contact 212- 218-0319 to become a member.

 

--DOROT

DOROT has created a series of basic technology guides on a variety of topics, including Zoom, that are available to all. Designed for older adults, the guides have clear directions, are written in everyday language and include large pictures of what is seen on the screen during each step.

https://www.dorotusa.org/tech-guides