“Doesn’t Medicare Pay for that?” – Technology, Memory Loss and Rural Older Adults
By 2040, the number of adults over the age of 65 in rural America is expected to increase from 15% to 25%. Nearly half of these adults will experience social isolation and the health problems this brings. Additionally, we will see higher rates of dementia in the coming years: 5.7 million currently live with the disease but that number is projected to increase to 14 million by 2050. Healthcare and social services supporting these individuals and families are using creative solutions to address these issues in rural areas. In this session, we will discuss technological challenges and opportunities around telehealth, using technology to enhance social services, and using technology to build intergenerational community in rural areas.