Helping Seniors Feel Less Isolated and More Connected 44% of older adults view tech more positively as a way to stay connected than they did before Covid, according to AARP
New York, NY | November 10, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
The ongoing pandemic has increased the likelihood that seniors feel more isolated, making tech-savviness both essential and a determinant of health. Recently, Senior Director at Care.com, Jill McNamara, teamed with YourUpdateTV on a satellite media tour to discuss the importance of getting seniors actively engaged online through technology.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/nNHYsVdQjZY
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge our aging population in numerous ways. They are feeling more isolated than ever and helping them stay engaged and socially connected has never been more important.
According to Care.com’s 2021 Senior Care Outlook Survey, while aging in place remains their preference, the prolonged crisis has increased their desire to have more help at home. This results in a dire need to hire help with tasks within the home, such as meal preparation and light housekeeping.
Both of these pandemic challenges are making tech-savviness essential and a key determinant of our seniors’ emotional and physical health going forward.
This is why Care.com, the world’s leading online platform for finding family care, and GetSetUp, the largest social learning platform that helps older adults learn new skills and have new experiences, are collaborating to offer live online caregiving classes, such as how to find and pay for the care they need.
Through this partnership, GetSetUp and Care.com will help older adults overcome any fears and reluctance they have in using tech to enhance their overall well-being.
For those interested in learning more, please visit www.getsetup.org and search ‘Care.com’.
About Jill McNamara:
Jill McNamara is the Senior Director of Care@Work for Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing high-quality family care. Since joining Care.com in 2011, Jill has expanded the company’s senior care services nationally, and has assisted in growing the Senior Care Planning program for Care.com’s enterprise arm Care@Work, which builds customized family care benefits packages for employers supporting the caregiving responsibilities of their employees. The program provides families with customized and comprehensive guidance, strategies, and local resources to meet individual needs.
Jill started her social work career working with adults with mental and physical disabilities and continued to provide in-home counseling in and around the Boston area to families facing an array of complex challenges. Guided by her professional and personal experiences in senior care, she is extremely passionate about helping families and individuals navigate their own journey in senior care. Jill has her Masters in Social Work, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, and a Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Gordon College and obtained her Master of Social Work from Simmons College School of Social Work.
GetSetUp is on a mission to help those over 55 learn new skills, connect with others and unlock new life experiences. The social learning platform helps over 3 million older adults in 160 countries stay mentally and physically fit, creates economic opportunities through jobs and reskilling, and provides a community where people find meaning and purpose by sharing their knowledge and passions and forming new connections. Classes are taught by older adults on a highly interactive, custom-built video platform where older adults can connect during and in between classes. Classes are taught in English, Spanish, Hindi, and Mandarin. Learn more at https://www.getsetup.org
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