Digital Equity Resources

Community Resource Guide: Technology Access and Programming for Older Adults Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide

The pandemic has shined a light on the importance of technology in our daily lives. Access to technology, including internet use, is a social determinant of health – helping us connect with others, engage in our communities, work remotely, and receive vital information and services.

Technology access is important for people of all ages.
This fall, the Massachusetts Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community published a short resource guide for communities looking to start or strengthen technology access and programming for older adults.

The guide includes resources, examples, and practical tips based on the belief that successful technology programs operate as a three-legged stool – with broadband, devices, and training as the three legs that are necessary to encourage meaningful engagement for older adults. Please contact James Fuccione, Senior Director of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, for additional information or assistance.

If you are an older adult, family member, or caregiver looking for more information about technology programming in your community, please contact MassOptions to speak to your local Aging Services Access Point, call your local Council on Aging (senior center), or reach out to other community organizations, such as your local library.

Please note that the following serve as an information source and do not reflect endorsements of the Massachusetts Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community or participating organizations.

Research, Reports, and Advocacy:

Cross-Cutting Websites: Programming, Broadband/ Internet, Devices, Training

 Resource Guide Case Studies:

 Online Programming:

Training, Navigation, and Digital Literacy:

Broadband and Internet Access:

Devices:

Potential Funding Sources:

 Fraud and Scam Resources: