Implementing a program to support rural aging in place is likely to require some investment in technology. This may be used
to help connect older adults with one another, the community, and long-distance loved ones. For example, older
adults may use the Internet to communicate with others from a distance, using email or video
calls. Or, they may engage via social
media to foster new relationships, connect with others, and learn about events and resources in their
community. Telehealth technology may also help provide healthcare.
Whatever its purpose, implementing a program using technology for aging in place requires initial and ongoing
investment, including funds for:
The installation of the technology
Technological equipment like computers, routers, and receivers
Ongoing upkeep and maintenance
Space and equipment to house the technology
In rural areas, it is also important to consider the availability of broadband connectivity, which is more
limited in rural areas.
Successful implementation of any program using technology also requires:
Investing in staff who can help to install, manage, and troubleshoot any issues related to technology
Training for staff and providers who will interact with technology
Education for older adults and their caregivers and loved ones who will use the technology in their
Resources to Learn More
Telehealth Resource Centers
These resource centers assist healthcare organizations, networks, and providers in implementing telehealth
programs that serve rural and medically-underserved areas.
Organization(s): Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, Health Resources and Services