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Editor's E-Note
Observers of technology’s impact on society have written at length about the digital divide among the generations who grew up with technology as second nature and the baby boomers (and beyond) who didn’t know an app from an apple until just recently. Regardless of where elders are on the tech-literacy continuum, there’s no denying that technology has been used and will continue to be used to help improve health outcomes among elders and other age groups.

A California-based nonprofit is aiming to do just that for elders in the Los Angeles area, as this month’s E-News Exclusive will explain. The cultural diversity of this region will provide both opportunities and challenges, observes Forrest Hong, PhD, LCSW, C-ASWCM, who works in the city as a social worker and geriatric care manager. “It needs to be done in a language sensitive and culturally competent way,” says Hong, “It’s going to take time. It’s a matter of developing trust.”

The trust that Hong refers to will be needed to break down not only cultural and language barriers but also generational and attitudinal barriers between younger designers and program managers who were raised tech literate and will help implement the technology and the older adults who will hopefully embrace it and benefit from it.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
E-News Exclusive
Creating an ‘Ecosystem of Health and Wellness’
to Reach Underserved Older Adults

By Christina Reardon, MSW, LSW

As the number of older Americans continues to grow, so too do concerns about how to keep elders from overtaxing the nation’s healthcare system. In response, many technology-driven projects have emerged with the goal of keeping older adults out of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities and in their homes and communities. The aims of these programs have ranged from promoting health literacy to preventing cognitive decline to increasing coordination between care providers.

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