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AARP and Institute for Local Self-Reliance Announce “Exploring Digital Equity” Fact Sheets

Created by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) with support from AARP,  the Exploring Digital Equity Fact-Sheet Series consists of six PDF briefs. The reports examine the challenges still faced by millions of people — of all ages — in need of a reliable, effective and affordable way to get online.

This will be added to MHAC’s Digital Equity Resource page with a range of reports, research and case studies on how communities and stakeholders have addressed digital equity and older adults. Continue reading

FCC Seeks Input on How to Combat Digital Discrimination

The Federal Communications Commission opened a process on how to prevent and eliminate digital discrimination to ensure that everyone has equal access to broadband internet access service.

The Notice of Inquiry starts the process of establishing a shared understanding of the harms experienced by historically excluded and marginalized communities, with the intent of making meaningful policy reforms and systems improvements. Continue reading

Poll Uncovers Usage Rates, Disparities Among Older Adults Using Health-Related Apps

Less than half (44%) of people age 50 to 80 have ever used a health-related app on their smartphone, wearable device or tablet, according to the new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging.

Those who say they are in poor health, and those with lower incomes or levels of education, were far less likely to have ever used such apps. Half of those who haven’t ever used a health app, or have stopped using them, said they are not interested in using them. Continue reading

Upcoming Events in Healthy Aging

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative invites stakeholders to check out the following upcoming events that help promote and support inclusive age- and dementia friendly communities. Continue reading

‘Emergency Broadband Benefit Program’ Transitions to the New “Affordable Connectivity Program”

On December 31, the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP). This program, created by Congress in the Infrastructure and Jobs Act, is a longer-term replacement for the Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program.

Communities working to become age- and dementia friendly are encouraged to promote this opportunity to help ensure households can afford the internet connections they need for work, school, health care, and more. Continue reading