Social isolation in older populations is a growing concern. The prevalence of loneliness in community-dwelling adults is estimated to be 43%, and both loneliness and social isolation are strongly associated with adverse health outcomes in older adults including functional impairments and mortality.[ The current pandemic contributes significantly to the burden of isolation experienced by older adults. It has in many ways also brought attention to the role technology can play in reducing and ameliorating some of the negative health consequences associated with isolation through enabling social connectedness.
Link: Social Isolation and COVID-19: The potential benefits of ICT