While digital inclusion is important in its own right, this project aims to use it to meet other needs that older people in sheltered housing face: the need for positive social interaction with peers, family, and the community at large; the need to stay mentally and physically active in later life; the need for access to information and services; and the need to make the best use of limited finances.
The three main outcomes of the project will be:
1. Older people in sheltered housing schemes have improved quality of life including being less isolated, more mentally active, better informed and better off financially because they are more digitally included.
2. Older people involved in the intergenerational theme of the project have increased contact across the generations leading to more developed online skills for older people and better communication skills for young people leading to a better understanding of each other for both groups.
3. Organisations caring for older people are more likely to promote digital inclusion because they have access to research and practical toolkits.