Social-Connectedness Technologies

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Social-connectedness technologies include phones (amplified, large-button, and memory phones), easy to use cell phones, which may offer, in addition to basic communication functionality, different communication modalities such as video reminders, multimedia messaging to keep seniors connected with grandchildren.

Social-connectedness technologies include phones (amplified, large-button, and memory phones), easy to use cell phones, which may offer, in addition to basic communication functionality, different communication modalities such as video reminders, multimedia messaging to keep seniors connected with grandchildren.

Senior-friendly social networking websites, easy to use email systems, e-mail-to-paper communications systems, easy-to-use video phones and video conferencing systems also fall into this category. 

Some of the computer-based cognitive and/or physical stimulation technologies may also provide an opportunity to connect with peers particularly in congregate living settings.

The value proposition that these technologies provide is increased social connectedness, improved quality of life and potential for improved health outcome for both seniors and caregivers (primarily informal/ family caregivers).