News About Aging

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Free home internet access for kinship caregivers of Philadelphia schoolchildren

PHLConnectED is a City program that provides free internet to Philadelphia K-12 families who need reliable internet service in Philadelphia, including older adults who care for their grandchildren or other young relatives.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

The benefits, drawbacks of telehealth for seniors

The number of telehealth claims for services and procedures has grown exponentially since the pandemic began. Here’s what seniors need to know to use it successfully.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

The benefits of technology: Staying connected

The digital divide, which separates those who have internet access and those who do not, has often been separated by age. But bridging that gap has great benefits that are well-worth the effort.

The Franklin Institute science museum is one of Philadelphia's major attractions.
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Explore Philly from home

A sampling of local attractions offering virtual museum tours and online activities.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Navigating the digital tools to help you stay connected

For those living alone or separated from family, the pandemic has also impacted how much they are able to connect with loved ones. Fortunately, technology is helping people to bridge that gap.

Posted By Michael Hanisco

Reach out to the older adults in your life during the COVID-19 pandemic

While Philadelphia remains under stay-at-home orders, it is important to stay connected to older adults as it is estimated that between 36% and 42% of all people age 60 and older live alone in the city. During this time, PCA is urging family members and friends to check in with older adults regularly.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

Latest technology brings families together

By Mary Anna Rodabaugh

Smartphones, computer tablets and even “smart” speakers make it easier than ever to connect “face-to-face” with loved ones across the country and the world. Technology can bring generations together in surprising ways. By learning how to operate tablets and smart devices, seniors can connect with younger people who might intuitively use the technology.

Posted By Alicia Colombo

‘Your favorite grandson’ helps seniors with computer technology

By Linda L. Riley

Lev Saunders is working on becoming everyone’s favorite grandson – the one they can call on when they need help with computers, printers, cell phones or other electronic gadgets.

Learning to use the computer "tabet" are(from left Linda Gray and Linda Wilson. (Photo courtesy of Ralston Center)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

App helps seniors get online

Generations on Line (GoL), a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors tackle the digital divide, has launched a free application, or “app,” that’s designed to get older adults online more easily by using small, portable computer “tablets.” The app is called Easy Tablet Help for Seniors. It is available both in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is collaborating with GoL on behalf of seniors citywide to expand computer tablet training through this new app.

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