When the Covid-19 Pandemic hit, many people became isolated; but technology offered a way to stay connected. However, for many seniors, new technology is like a foreign language.
“If you don’t learn technology, you’re gonna be left behind and a lot of folks are left behind now,” said Paul Dukes, a senior living in Columbia.
Dukes enrolled in a digital literacy class offered by Palmetto Care Connections, a nonprofit telehealth network that works to connect healthcare providers to patients in rural communities through telehealth.
Funded by the Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the South Carolina Department on Aging through the CARES Act, the digital inclusion program gives 100 tablets to seniors across five counties: Allendale, Barnwell, Clarendon, Lower Richland and Williamsburg. The program provides the seniors with internet service and digital skills training.
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