The Challenge: Technology access is a critical need for older adults. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic and “shelter in place” mandates, senior centers were shuttered, travel reduced, caregivers strained, and older adults, in San Antonio and elsewhere, bore a disproportionate risk of isolation, illness, and death. Across the nation, older adults accounted for over […]
Nearly 22 million seniors over 65 lack wireline broadband access at home. This digital divide has led to serious consequences for America’s older population, restricting their ability to stay healthy, meaningfully engaged, and financially secure. Disconnection from broadband services not only limits access to essential public health information, social services, and digital healthcare services like […]
The COVID-19 pandemic presented an extraordinary challenge for older adults and their caregivers, who faced increased responsibilities and new stresses navigating the public health emergency. In January 2021, the CDC Foundation and NORC at the University of Chicago released a study examining the physical and mental well-being of community-dwelling older adults and their informal or […]
Low-income older New Yorkers without affordable internet connectivity options are unable to access information or services and have a higher risk of being negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer’s (MOCTO) New York City Internet Master Plan found that more than 1.5 million New Yorkers, or 18% of all households, […]
Mobility For All (M4A) is committed to ensuring that affordable, multi-modal transportation is viewed as a basic social and economic need in Boulder County, Colorado and is thus made available to all residents regardless of age, ability, or income. A recent report revealed that the lack of access to digital devices and data plans coupled […]
New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), hired OATS to consult on the design of the paratransit section of their new app, “MYmta,” and to bring seniors to the table to inform the future of paratransit services and Access-A-Ride in New York City.
In 2018, Impact Broward, a non-profit with more than 50 years of history of engaging seniors through service to meet critical community needs in South Florida, announced a new name and mission. The new South Florida Institute on Aging’s mission was stated to improve economic and social insights and services to empower people as they […]
Avenidas, a 50-year old nonprofit dedicated to delivering high-quality programs and services to older adults and renowned for its excellence, innovation, and best practices in the field of aging, underwent a $20 million restoration including the addition of a new building on its historic campus in downtown Palo Alto. Located at the symbolic heart of […]
NextFifty Initiative is a private foundation in Colorado that was recently formed to encourage and support innovation in the aging space. OATS recognized an opportunity to design and launch a truly integrated and statewide Senior Planet program across Colorado’s varied regions.
More than 100,000 Holocaust survivors live in the United States today. Many are aged 85 and older and suffer from poverty, social isolation, and other serious health conditions stemming from their trauma. The Jewish Federation of North America’s Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care was founded through an unprecedented federal grant from the US Administration […]