Older Adults Technology Services

White Papers

OATS provides thought leadership by presenting at seminars, panel sessions, and conferences, and by authoring or contributing to studies, reports, and academic journal articles that shed light on the intersection of technology and older adults.

Social media: an isolated older person’s friend – or foe?

Three studies, plus lessons learned from a recent project at Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), shed new light on the link between social media use and older adult isolation, providing clarification on which tools are most effective, and how older people leverage them for maximum effect.

Connecting Rural Older Americans with Technology: Lessons from Senior Planet

The age profile of rural America is rapidly changing—an exodus of young people has left many towns with high concentrations of senior citizens and few services to help them. Now a unique partnership in upstate New York has found promising solutions that combine technology with a human touch.

Fighting Social Isolation: A View from the Trenches

This article summarizes 14 years of lessons OATS has learned about program models, training methodology, and outcome measurement required to combat social isolation among seniors in community settings.

Gen X: The Cro-Magnon of Digital Natives

How a generation came to embrace—and realign with—the lure of technology.

Older Adults and OATS Computer Training Programs: A Social Impact Analysis Findings Report

This study examined the impact of the OATS computer training courses on older adult participants.

Patients Accessing Technology at Home (PATH)

The PATH Project’s overarching goal is to develop an effective model for helping older adults to access Internet-based information and technology to improve their lives.

Toward an Inclusive Measure of Broadband Adoption

This article proposes development of a more inclusive understanding of broadband adoption that makes better use of quantitative, qualitative, and anecdotal data.

“Getting Turned On”: Using ICT Training to Promote Active Aging in New York City

This mixed-method study examined how participation in a senior’s technology training program influences the social environments and active aging of older New Yorkers.