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Community Digs Deep for Superfast Broadband

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteFrustration with sluggish, expensive or unavailable broadband has prompted a growing number of communities to find other options. Some 89 cities and towns in the U.S. have launched their own fiber-to-the-home networks, which many experts say is the fastest and most reliable way to access the Internet. The result: Places such as Chattanooga, Tenn., Bristol, Va., and Lafayette, La., now offer Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second,  or about 100 times faster than today’s average broadband speeds. …

High-Speed Networks Give Communities an Age-Friendly Advantage

Posted on 09/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteAffordable access to high-speed Internet networks provides communities with a powerful platform to help meet the challenges — and take advantage of the opportunities — associated with an aging population. This approach to community development deserves more attention from supporters of both age-friendly communities and community broadband networks. High-speed Internet connectivity enables a growing array of applications and services that create and enhance opportunities for health, participation and independence for older Americans.  A recent AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report …

A Deep Connection: the Internet, Family Caregivers and Recipients

Posted on 04/24/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHigh-speed Internet can be key to living independently (also known as “aging in place“). You can go online or get smartphone apps that help you monitor chronic diseases, work from home to care for a loved one or prevent or delay functional decline with game systems that help you stay physically active. And, don’t forget the ability to be socially connected through email, online forums and message boards. And yet, a recent report issued by the AARP Public Policy Institute shows that …

Older Americans Online: Are They or Aren't They?

Posted on 02/24/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

TechnologyWe’ve talked about it before, but it just keeps coming up in the news! The baby boomer generation has such a great presence online – and the nation is taking notice. This article from CNBC takes a look at how baby boomers are utilizing social networking sites to voice their opionon – instead of the old days of sit-ins and protest signs. The article points out that a quick Facebook search brings up pages on issues like reverse mortgages, health …

Older Americans Online: Are They or Aren’t They?

Posted on 02/24/2010 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyWe’ve talked about it before, but it just keeps coming up in the news! The baby boomer generation has such a great presence online – and the nation is taking notice. This article from CNBC takes a look at how baby boomers are utilizing social networking sites to voice their opionon – instead of the old days of sit-ins and protest signs. The article points out that a quick Facebook search brings up pages on issues like reverse mortgages, health …