As the Internet continues to gain relevance and importance in people’s daily lives, benefits specific to seniors—those age 65 and older—are becoming more evident. In-home Internet access can provide an important connection to family and friends through email and social media, helping seniors to avoid social isolation, a leading contributor to poor outcomes for seniors in both mental and physical health. A high-speed Internet connection, in particular, allows for video chats, which can provide a sense of closeness beyond what can be gained through email or telephone conversations. This case study looks at Eden Housing’s Cottonwood Place and ways the affordable senior development is incorporating in-home broadband access for residents.
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