Mayor Adams, Department of Aging, Distributes 1,000 Free Tablet Computers to NYC Seniors in Initiative – Bronx Times
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the city’s Department of Aging Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez announced the distribution of 1,000 computer tablets equipped with free Wi-Fi to older New Yorkers in the goal of bridging the digital divide and helping them connect to city services. The pill distribution took place at Borinquen Court in the Bronx in April as part of an initial 10,000 pill distribution initiative launched by DFTA last October.
“Having access to the internet and so many of the services our city provides is not a luxury, but a necessity, and today’s delivery of 1,000 tablets to older New Yorkers will finally help make that a reality for our seniors,” Adams said. “These tablets will help bridge the digital divide, provide crucial services to New Yorkers, and limit social isolation by allowing our seniors to stay connected and engaged with friends and family.”
The tablet distribution is a continuation of the Department for the Aging’s (DFTA) long-term efforts to keep older New Yorkers connected, engaged, and help them limit social isolation through virtual programming and services. in line. The program provides free Wi-Fi-equipped tablets to older New Yorkers who do not have an internet-enabled electronic device and reside in a Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force neighborhood. To date, 9,000 tablets have been distributed through DFTA’s supplier network. The other 1,000 will provide the agency with the ability to reach seniors who are not connected to DFTA services or programs.
“The last two years have shown us how important it is to be digitally connected. For older New Yorkers, being in touch with family and friends online and having access to virtual services has been a game-changer. This helped counter the impact of social isolation and allowed them to learn new skills. That said, there is a deep digital divide among our population of older adults, with many unable to afford a computer or pay for internet service. This initiative is finally helping to connect the disconnected,” Cortés-Vázquez said. “We are excited to provide them with this essential technology equipment and internet service to help them stay engaged, active and informed about the services offered by the city and the Department of Aging. »