Mayor De Blasio announced that 10,000 seniors living in NYCHA developments will be receiving tablets through a partnership with T-Mobile. The idea is to provide devices that will allow seniors to stay connected to their families. The tablets will be internet-enabled.
The obvious problem with this initiative will be training seniors on how to use the tablets. The city believes that the tablet instructions and a telephone hotline will help the seniors set up the devices and troubleshoot problems.
“One of the most painful realities of this crisis … has been grandparents who can’t see their grandchildren or their children. Seniors who used to get visits of one kind or another, which kept their spirits up and got them the help they needed,” de Blasio said. “A lot of them are particularly isolated right now. We want to make it a little bit easier and one of the ways, of course, is through technology.”
The program was created to benefit the most isolated seniors in Mott Haven, Brownsville, East New York, Red Hook, Bushwick and Coney Island.
No specifics were discussed in terms of when or how the seniors will be selected or how the devices will be delivered.
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