What has the automation of everything meant for older adults? OATS Executive Director Tom Kamber discusses the bimodal distribution of the two distinct trends within the older adult population in this article published on Next Avenue.
For older adults dealing with the rapid and sometimes overwhelming impact of technology on our lives, the results are looking like one of Professor Sherrill’s two-humped camel graphs. Many older adults are thriving in the digital age – Zooming away happily with friends, ordering groceries online, and staying healthy with streaming fitness classes.
Others, unfortunately, are struggling to use technology and, in many cases, barely taking advantage of it at all. This “bimodal” pattern of technology impact for older adults has far-reaching implications for how we evaluate the benefits of technology and what we should do when it fails some of the most vulnerable citizens.
Illustration from Next Avenue.