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  • What can the digital world offer older Americans?
  • What can the digital world offer older Americans?
    Sebastiaan ter Burg (2019) ©
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How are Boomers using tech to combat loneliness?

Whether due to divorce, bereavement, or family relocation, loneliness is an everyday issue for many American Boomers. But as members of this aging cohort sharpen their tech skills, they’re being exposed to apps and devices that help them establish new connections both online and IRL.

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An estimated 10,000 Americans turn 65 every day, and while many Boomers view the occasion as the start of a happy retirement or just business as usual, others begin a new year of life facing a lonely day-to-day. [1] “As we age, our social circles inevitably shrink, whether that’s through divorce, relocation, ill health, or even death,” says Andrew Dowling, founder of Stitch, an online community for over-50s. “It doesn’t need to be the loss of a life partner. Friends get hip replacements and can no longer come on walks with us, family members relocate ...

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