AUSTIN, Texas – In light of the pandemic and increased isolation in our communities, the Aging and Disability Resources Center of the Capital Area (ADRC) and the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) has partnered with the Texas Technology Access Program (TTAP) to create Connectivity Kits to help reduce social isolation by increasing connectivity for older persons, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, social isolation significantly increases a person’s risk of premature death from all causes— a risk that may rival those of smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity. To this end, TTAP has assembled Smart Technology Connectivity Kits and Telehealth Kits that Texans may check out to try before they buy the technology. These kits will reduce participants’ social isolation, increase technological connectivity, and will facilitate access to telemedicine.
“I am excited to explore smart technology possibilities for Texans with disabilities and those who are aging with the CAPCOG Smart Collaboration,” director of TTAP Angela Standridge said. “Hopefully, these devices can enable people to stay connected and access their medical professionals virtually.”
Technology Kits include Amazon Echos, Samsung Nests, tablets, and Ring doorbells, while Telehealth Kits include blood pressure monitors, thermometers, oximeters, and EKG monitors.
“This is a great opportunity to help our local seniors, caregivers, and persons with disabilities connect with their loved ones in a safe and more frequent manner,” TTAP project coordinator Anita Swanson said. “The kits also contain devices to monitor health and can be used to collect data for telemedicine visits. Increasing connection and accessibility for healthcare and positive interactions is a plus!”
These kits will be available to CAPCOG customers exclusively through September 2021. After that time, the kits will rotate into the TTAP general equipment library and will be available to any Texan who is aging or has a disability. To view the kits and check one out visit the TTAP website.