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engAGED: Considering Technology and Access for Older Adults: Virtual Panel Discussion

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Computers and smartphones have become important tools for everyday life, and the use of this technology continues to rise among those of all ages. However, there are still a significant number of older adults who either do not use this technology or who do not have access to the Internet. Is it by choice or circumstance? This is quite startling especially when you take into account the Covid-19 pandemic and how important online connectivity has become.

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Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the use of and access to technology among older adults with research experts from the University of Maryland's iSchool and the School of Nursing.

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Dr. Jen Golbeck (moderator)
Dr. Golbeck is a professor at the University of Maryland's iSchool. She is a world leader in social media research and science communication, and she is one of the world's foremost experts in the field. Her work invariably focuses on how to enhance and improve the way that people interact with their own information online.

Dr. Amanda Lazar
Dr. Lazar is a professor at the University of Maryland's iSchool. Her research lies at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Health Informatics. Much of her work addresses how technologies designed for health and well-being position and support individuals as they age.

Dr. Eun-Shim Nahm
Dr. Nahm is a professor and the program director for the nursing informatics program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON). Her research focuses on the use of technology-based interventions to promote health and to manage chronic illnesses of older adults.

Dr. Galina Madjaroff Reitz
Dr. Reitz is the Faculty Program Director for the iSchool's Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) at the Universities at Shady Grove. Her research focuses on improving the lives of older persons, specifically those with cognitive impairment, through the use of accessible technology.