How technology can help seniors beat loneliness and isolation

December 3, 2021

Washington Post (December 3)

How technology can help seniors beat loneliness and isolation

In March, Sonja Bauman, 39, used an online platform called Papa, which offers “family on demand,” to meet Mariela Florez, an 83-year-old retiree. Despite living with her adult children, Florez was bored and lonely when they left for work. Her recoveries from a stroke and broken hip were going slowly. Bauman began visiting twice per week; they take walks, strengthening Florez’s hip, and play games like Connect Four for mental stimulation. “It’s very important for me so I don’t feel lonely all day long,” said Florez. Her memories, blurred by the stroke, are gradually returning.


Last modified on 12/03/2021


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