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.