To the editor:
I agree with John Glassman that home-use technologies should enhance the health care and mobility of seniors. But I question whether an “online presence” will offset the loneliness and isolation seniors may experience at home.
While estimates vary, the likelihood of developing dementia is quite high in our late 60s, 70s and 80s. So folks who have successfully accessed the wireless and broadband infrastructure across the state may lose the ability to do so. And you know, there are many seniors who have not developed computer skills and don’t much care to do so.
I wonder if the Internet will ever replace the comfort of human touch, the sound of a human voice and the sense of community that comes with interacting with others. Senior centers offering reasonably priced day-care programs, “dementia proof” musical activities, quilting rooms, daily exercise classes, arts and crafts and, most importantly, staff to provide validation and personalized assistance is what I want in my dotage. Please, don’t leave me home alone wired to monitors and sitting in front of a blank screen.