“Getting Turned On”: Using ICT Training To Promote Active Ageing In New York City

  • Paula J Gardner City University of New York
  • Tom Kamber Older Adults Technology Services
  • Julie Netherland New York Academy of Medicine
Keywords: Aging, Older Adults, Technology Training, Community, Active Aging, Social Connectedness


The purpose of this mixed-method study was to examine how participation in a senior’s technology training program influences the social environments and active ageing of older New Yorkers. Findings demonstrate increased and sustained use, improved ability and confidence with computer and Internet technology, and a substantial and positive effect on social connectedness, access to information, and social and civic participation among participants. Authors conclude with a discussion of how comprehensive, community-based ICT training programs (such as OATS) can support the ongoing engagement and re-engagement of older adults within society by building, maintaining and restoring their place within their various communities.

Author Biographies

Paula J Gardner, City University of New York
Paula J. Gardner is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Public Health. New York, NY, USA E-mail pgardner@hunter.cuny.edu
Tom Kamber, Older Adults Technology Services
Tom Kamber is the Founding Executive Director of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), Brooklyn, NY, USA E-mail tkamber@oats.org
Julie Netherland, New York Academy of Medicine
Julie Netherland is the Deputy Director, Health Policy at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, USA E-mail jnetherland@nyam.org