LeadingAge 2018: Phone, Videoconferencing Tools Help to Fight Loneliness in Seniors

Connected communities leverage collaborative solutions to boost socialization among seniors.

Story by Dan Bowman, HealthTech

Technologies such as virtual reality and telehealth continue to make inroads as tools that can help combat loneliness among seniors. The former can help seniors take virtual trips to places they never thought they’d visit, or even connect them to family members at events they otherwise might have to miss. Telehealth, meanwhile, can help keep seniors connected to their doctors when they might have difficulty with travel or mobility.

Just as important, however, is the ability of tools, including phones and videoconferencing, to connect seniors to each other socially, speakers at the LeadingAge 2018 conference in Philadelphia said on Monday.

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