3:13 pm - Sunday December 16, 8503

Pilot Program to Help District Seniors Combat Social Isolation through Technology

WHO:             Maxine B. Baker, Senior Vice President for Impact Programs, AARP


Rinaldo Washington, Project Director

Ms. Senior DC 2012, Mary McCoy

Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President & Chief Executive Officer, Family

Matters of Greater Washington

Representative from OATS-Older Adults Technology Services

Dr. Jonathan Thompson, Executive Director, District Commission on


Hiram Lopez, AARP Foundation

55 Seniors from Ward 2 Who Will be Participating in Pilot Program


WHAT:           AARP Foundation Connecting to Community Pilot Program Launch

WHERE:        Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

WHEN:          Friday, May 3, 2012, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.


On Friday, AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, and Family Matters of Greater Washington, one of the nation’s oldest, nationally-accredited social services organizations, will launch a new pilot program for District seniors called AARP Foundation Connecting to CommunityTM.   One hundred program participants will receive iPad tablets, Internet service, six months of volunteer-led instruction, training and support to help increase social engagement through technology.


The pilot will be facilitated by Family Matters of Greater Washington.  Family Matters will provide volunteers and recruit participants in the DC metro area for this pilot, which will take place over two six-month periods.   If successful, the pilot could provide a basis for a larger national expansion of the model.


Current AARP Foundation research shows that isolation is a social problem that affects nearly one in five older Americans. The pilot program will increase access to technology for some residents who have been unable to take advantage of the benefits of web based information and communication tools that can strengthen and expand social networks.



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