Connected Aging Communities

senior technologyThis groundbreaking new initiative envisions and tests what a “connected aging community” in rural Wisconsin might look like.

A “connected aging community” uses technology adoption to enable aging residents to live independently at home. Our approach is unique in that we are “high-touch and high-tech”.  We know that just providing technology isn’t the answer, we need community and human interactions to support its use.

Pilot counties Manitowish Waters (Vilas County, WI) and Park Falls (Price County, WI) are developing collaborative projects to improve social infrastructures, help older adults adopt technology, and ensure independent living by elderly residents in their communities. The collaborative work of these two communities will create models for other connected aging communities into the future.

This project runs 2017-2018 and is funded by Bader Philanthropies, with community and project management through the UW-Extension Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center.

The work is guided by a strong advisory board with representatives from multiple statewide organizations and industries, while each local pilot project is run by local leadership teams. 

For more information contact Center Outreach Educator Gail Huycke, 608-957-5539

Follow the work online using hashtag #ConnectedAgingCommunities