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May 27, 2022

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Mayor Adams Works to Close Digital Divide for Older Adults With No Internet Service or Digital Equipment

11,000 Tablets Now Distributed to Connect Older Adults to Additional City Services

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez today announced the distribution of an additional 1,000 free wi-fi equipped mobile tablets to older New Yorkers in an effort to bridge the digital divide and help connect them with city services. To close out Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and Older Americans Month, today’s tablet distribution was held at the Benjamin Rosenthal Innovative Senior Center in Flushing, Queens, which services a large Asian American community, and is part of a program that has now distributed 11,000 tablets to seniors across New York City, approximately 3,700 of which have been distributed since Mayor Adams took office in January.

“Age should not stand in the way of staying in contact with loved ones, or attending online social and educational programs, which is why giving away an additional free 1,000 tablets will help limit the social isolation that many older New Yorkers feel while narrowing the digital divide,” said Mayor Adams. “As we close out both AAPI Heritage Month and Older Americans Month, I know these tablets will help our elderly New Yorkers access the city resources that are vital to their health and well-being. The Department for the Aging should be commended for their good work, connecting 11,000 seniors across our city to tablets.”

“DFTA continues to put tablets in the hands of older adults and ensure they have the skills needed to utilize these tools. Many of us rely on technology to perform throughout our day to day and programs like this ensure communities are not being left behind,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. “These wi-fi equipped tablets will reduce social isolation and ensure older adults stay connected to their friends and family.”

“Bringing tablets to older adults greatly increases their ability to access resources like those provided every day at older adult centers, which have created many innovative virtual programs over the past two years,” said DFTA Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez. “Since the pandemic began, the number of older adults who have taken part in the online physical, art, and educational classes has increased, and we know going forward these online services will continue to play a major role in how we serve older adults, making this distribution even more important.”  

The tablets being distributed today will help keep older adults connected and engaged, helping to reduce social isolation. In addition to having free wi-fi service until December 31st, the tablets come installed with Zoom, Gmail, and the NYC COVID Safe app, allowing residents to access DFTA and other city resources. Older adults will also be provided with free training on their new tablets at local senior centers and learn how to connect to DFTA virtual programs. During the distribution event, DFTA referred tablet recipients to the nearest senior center that is offering training on using the tablets.

“For years, I have been proud to lead the fight to increase access to the internet,” said U.S. Representative Grace Meng. “Back in 2019, way before the COVID-19 crisis began, I introduced legislation to create …….


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