The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for all of us, but it has been especially isolating for many seniors in the community. When the Blackstone Senior Center had to close its building, many programs and services had to be cancelled. Sadly, a number of Blackstone senior residents are “low tech” and do not have access to a device. While the Blackstone Senior Center have been able to reach out to senior residents via telephone calls and a Craft Kit for Seniors program was launched by local resident Celeste Langlois, many senior residents who have no access to devices still experienced increased feelings of social isolation and anxiety.
To help reduce social isolation experienced by seniors during COVID-19 the Blackstone Council on Aging recently announced its new Tech-Connect Program. The Blackstone Council on Aging will lend 25 tablets that have a zoom app installed and will provide free technology training to Blackstone senior residents if needed.
Who can join the Tech-Connect Program?
Blackstone seniors 60+ years old
Must attend virtual programming
Must agree to participate in a survey at the end of the loan
Agree to Equipment Lending Policy and Agreement
What will the Seniors get if they sign up?
A tablet for a 30-day period
In the event of an overwhelming amount of interest in the program, the Blackstone COA will use a lottery system to distribute tablets. All equipment is the property of Blackstone COA.
To register or inquire about the program, contact the Council on Aging by calling (508) 876-5134 or (508) 876-5135.
This program is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. While there is no fee for the temporary loan of the equipment, confidential/voluntary donations to the program are welcome and should be made payable to: Blackstone Council on Aging, 15 St. Paul Street, Blackstone, MA 01504. Seniors will NOT be denied this service if they cannot or elect not to contribute.