Chairs:

Ed Kacic,
CEO, Irvine Health Foundation

Ellen Young,
Irvine Health Foundation and Aging 2.0

Technology
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Meeting Frequency: Every Month, 1st Thursday from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Objective: To be a local convener on providing technological solutions that can aid in improving the quality of life and independence of older adults in the community.

Participating Organizations: 211OC, Alzheimer’s Orange County, Cal State Fullerton – Center for Successful Aging, City of Irvine, City of Mission Viejo, grandPad, Irvine Health Foundation, OC Social Services Agency, Meals on Wheels Orange County

2021 Goals & Events

Goals:

  • Goal #1: To support the Senior Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC) Technology Committee with the distribution and potential implementation of their technology survey.
  • Goal#2: Create and maintain a resource list of available technology workshops for older adults that are being offered throughout the county.
  • Goal #3: Collect impact stories from seniors – how they are aging in the county, what their concerns are and what circumstances they are dealing with.

Measurements:

  • Host at least 7 educational events highlighting a company providing a technological solution to improve the daily life of an older adult. o Participation of at least 300 people in these events.
  • Identify at least 50 workshops in different regions of Orange County (North, Central, and South) for older adults to learn about the latest technology gadgets to add onto the resource list.

How Goal will be Achieved:

  1. Host at least 7 educational/opportunities to connect stakeholders, senior service providers, older adults and their family members, and the public with the available innovative technological solutions invented to optimize an older adult’s quality of life.
    • Work alongside other OCSPA pillar subcommittees to host joint events based on their focus (Social isolation, food security and senior nutrition, healthcare, transportation, housing, etc.)
    • Host a workshop to match seniors’ needs with already existing electronic training-related resources
  2. Support Senior Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC) Technology Committee with their survey
    • Analyze survey results to see what level of needs are in the senior population. If possible, assess the data available from the SCAC survey results. Gather as much information regarding the digital divide so that older adults have access to appropriate devices, education, as well as bandwidth (WiFi, etc.).
  3. Research available workshops offered throughout Orange County and compile list to share through the OCSPA membership and Aging2.0 Orange County Chapter mailing lists
  4. Collect impactful stories from seniors – how they are aging in the county, what their concerns are and what circumstances they are dealing with
    • Stories will be collected in a variety of ways such as video, telephone, or from surveys, etc.
    • Stories will be shared with OCSPA membership and greater tech community towards insights for solutions
  5. Help populate data for The Collective, a global platform for collective intelligence and collaborative action. The purpose of The Collective is to populate info in various topics (such as transportation, housing, food security, etc.) and to take the data to distribute to stakeholders

Tech Committee Meeting with guest speaker, Liz Hamburg, CEO of Candoo Tech

Candoo Tech provides tech support and training designed specifically to stay safe, secure, and engaged. It also provides tech support and lessons for devices and software applications – from phones, iPads, tablets, Alexa, and computers to innovative home sensors and fall detection devices. By providing technology training and support tailored specifically for older adults, Candoo Tech strives to improve the health and wellbeing of older by decreasing social isolation and also improves the sense of community and connectedness

2020 Accomplishments

  • September 2020 – Technology in COVID-19 World: How Organizations Have Been Adapting During This Pandemic (presented by Holly Hagler of Meals on Wheels OC, Melanie McGrane of City of Mission Viejo, and Kathleen Kolenda of Easterseals Southern California)
  • October 2020 – Senior Citizens Advisory Council (SCAC) Technology Results (presented by Ericka Danczak of Office on Aging and Jo Ekblad of Laguna Beach Seniors)
  • November 5, 2020 – Tech Conference: Feasting on Knowledge: Byte by Byte in collaboration with the OCSPA Social Engagement Committee

2019 Goals & Accomplishments

Quarter 1
January 1 – March 31 2019

  • Subcommittee is holding their first ever “Community Ideathon”, an event to identify challenges older adults are facing around loneliness and how to overcome the challenges using possible solutions using technology. Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 1pm at Norman P. Murray center. This event is free and open to the public.  
  • The committee is also working with other OCSPA Subcommittees on how how they can help elevate/promote their activities

Quarter 2
April – June 30 2019

  • Subcommittee is held a couple “Community Ideathon,” events in May and June to identify challenges older adults are facing around loneliness and how to overcome the challenges using possible solutions using technology. Next one is scheduled for September 
  • The committee is also working with other OCSPA Subcommittees on how how they can help elevate/promote their activities

Quarter 3
July – September 30, 2019

  • On September 5th, in partnership with Aging2.0 Orange County chapter, OCSPA Technology subcommittee hosted a presentation with Rendever, a Boston based company committed to helping older adults overcome social isolation through the power of virtual reality (VR) and shared experiences. Forty-five people were in attendance to hear about Rendever and be able to experience VR themselves.
  • A total of 130 community members have attended and participated in our educational events and plans to host more events to reach their goal of 200 attendees.
  • The subcommittee is currently researching survey tools regarding social isolation and work closely with the Social Isolation subcommittee to get a better understanding the scope of social isolation in the county by distributing surveys to friendly visitor programs.

Quarter 4
October – December 31, 2019

  • The OCSPA Technology Subcommittee is continuing an environmental scan of social isolation assessment tools and will work closely with the OCSPA Social Engagement subcommittee to distribute it throughout the friendly visitation programs and ministries.

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