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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Clinical Gerontologist

For a Special Issue on
Addressing Access to Care in Diverse Older Adult Populations Using Technology and Telehealth

Manuscript deadline
01 October 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Christine Gould, Stanford University
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Bret Hicken, Veterans Rural Health Resource Center - Salt Lake City
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Jennifer Freytag, Baylor College of Medicine
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Addressing Access to Care in Diverse Older Adult Populations Using Technology and Telehealth

Technology and telehealth have the potential to extend care to underserved populations of older adults, yet they also have the potential to widen existing gaps to accessing care. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for innovative approaches to delivering telemental health and supporting older adults through periods of social isolation. Mobile apps, wearable devices, and digital platforms have been integrated in a wide range of activities, including self-management, physical activity, and patient and caregiver education. These and other clinical applications of telehealth and technology hold promise for addressing inequalities among diverse older adults in underserved populations and communities. However, telehealth and technologies may also widen existing inequities due to on differential access to technology and broadband and/or lower digital literacy. Thus, these interventions may pose special challenges for persons living in rural areas and for older adults from diverse racial, cultural, or social identities who often face barriers accessing and using technology in their daily lives.

This special issue will examine how technology and telehealth may enable the delivery of mental and behavioral health care to older adults and their caregivers. In particular, we focus on applications of technology with underserved populations of older adults including individuals who represent varied cultural, racial and ethnic, and gender identities. Underserved individuals include those dwelling in rural areas, those with lower socioeconomic status, or those with cognitive impairment. We invite article submissions (i.e., reviews, original research studies, clinical comments) for this special issue that consider opportunities for technology to reduce disparities, barriers to accessing technology and telehealth, and potential drawbacks of these technologies in this population. We define technology and telehealth broadly to include devices, digital platforms, and applications of all types. We welcome qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods work.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following applications of technology in for older adults:

  • Providing supports and services for older adults living in rural and other geographically isolated areas
  • Supporting members of underserved older populations, including those defined by racial, cultural, or social identities
  • Adapting technologies to accommodate the functional and cognitive needs of older adults
  • Incorporation of human support and coaching alongside technologies with underserved older adults
  • Barriers to accessing or using technologies, and how barriers may affect older adults from different racial, cultural, or social groups
  • Drawbacks of using technology and telehealth with older adults

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