Tech for Elder Health designs, develops, and teaches digital health and literacy curricula to Northern NJ’s disenfranchised elderly populations to promote digital inclusion and health equity, and a world free from socio-environmentally determined healthcare outcomes and access disparity.
Inspired by my experiences working with Stanford’s Center for Health Education and the WHO to build digital tools to optimize healthcare access in underserved African villages, and after my own grandfather suffered through needlessly complicated TB and COVID hospitalizations due to struggles with language and technology, I decided to tackle healthcare literacy and access disparities locally.
In today’s digitally dependent and accelerating world, healthcare and technology literacy drive access and responsiveness to healthcare information, critical healthcare communications, including the resultant influence on healthcare outcomes, especially for underserved, disenfranchised, or otherwise at-risk or vulnerable communities and populations.
Tech for Elder Health was thus born of this desire to address the digital health literacy and access divide among NJ’s disenfranchised elderly populations, and thereby to promote digital inclusion and health equity, a world free from socio-environmentally determined healthcare outcome and access disparity. We are a grassroots, rapidly growing community health and technology-literacy nonprofit that serves hundreds of senior citizens at six northern NJ assisted-living centers weekly.
BRIGHTVIEW LAKE TAPPAN
We seek to provide a more connected life for the residents of Brightview. Our team offers technology help on a walk-in or appointment basis, but many residents use this as a place to socialize through board games and just chatting.
At Brookdale Emerson, residents can have their technology questions answered, enjoy music, and socialize with others and our team. We also offer "technology room service": a member will come to your room between our hours to assist you in any way we can. Reach out to Carol Habler, Activities Manager, to schedule "room service"
BROADWAY ADULT DAYCARE
At Broadway Adult Daycare our team helps members interact with technology, make important phone calls, fill out forms, serve food, etc, all in an effort to improve their quality of life.
Working with residents during Tech Day, providing food during holidays, and performing music creates an overall positive atmosphere where seniors can flourish and have fun.
eHealth Score v.s. Computer Skills
Based on survey results, there is a strong positive correlation between computer skills and eHealth literacy. Those who are more comfortable with their computers better understand health information on the internet.