#LocalGovMatters – Connecting Aging Communities

This week on #LocalGovMatters Gwyn Guenther, President of Wheeler Reports, talks with Gail Huycke, Community Development Outreach Specialist at UW Extension and Sam Wilson, State Director of AARP Wisconsin about connecting the aging community to technology.

Gail explains what the program is and how the program is working in the pilot communities: Park Falls, Phillips, Price County and Manitowish Waters. Gail highlights the use of high school students and schools to help seniors in the community to become engaged and use technology.  Sam discusses how, especially in rural communities, this helps seniors with social isolation. Connecting aging community members helps in several areas: social interaction with family and friends, increased ability to be at home, telemedicine, and so much more.

While getting online and connected to technology is exciting and comes with so many possibilities, it also comes with some warnings and Sam encourages people to check out the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

The three finish up the podcast by talking about what interested communities should do if they want to start working to connect their aging communities.  Both Sam and Gail said the important factor is broadband access and getting broadband providers into the mix when discussing a proposal.

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