weekly blog--one for the ages
After months of rigorous testing, it’s still unclear how long we will be protected by a CoVid vaccination, or whether we will eventually need boosters or follow-up shots to protect against new variants. Other viruses provide some clues. Those that are classified as stable, like measles or mumps, rarely mutate, and an infection or vaccination will generate lifelong immunity.
Coronaviruses are more volatile. Recent studies indicate that people who've had COVID-19 have good antibody and other immune memory (which translates into protection) for at least eight to nine months. People who've been vaccinated better an even better immune response. One researcher suggests that immunity from the CoVid vaccines might last several years or longer.
There are a growing number of startup companies dedicated to empowering older people to get on-line including Candoo, Papa and a nonprofit, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS). Consider these stats: by 2030, one in every five US residents will be age 65 or older. This group spends one-third more time each day online than those aged 18 to 34, and the 50+ crowd is expected to spend upwards of $84 billion a year on tech products.
Candoo customers range from individual seniors to larger organizations, such as geriatric care managers, senior living facilities, area offices on aging, and social service organizations. Their Tech Concierges work with various types of health specialists to reorient tech products with bigger font sizes, connecting them to hearing aids, creating dark backgrounds with light fonts for macular degeneration, and most importantly communicating in an effective manner.
OATS focuses on how tech enablement can increase older adult’s social and civic engagement, and Papa focuses more on connecting older adults with companions who don’t require the same tech training as Candoo Tech Concierges.
How Long Will COVID-19 Vaccine Immunity Last? (aarp.org)
America’s Fast-Growing Population Isn’t Tech-Enabled: Meet The Startup Empowering Older Adults To Get Online (forbes.com)