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Families in Australia Survey: life during COVID-19 - report no.2

Staying connected when we're apart
Technology and older people COVID-19 Pandemics Social connection Older people Digital communications Australia

Australians are being reminded to keep in touch with their elderly loved ones, with this research released revealing older Australians were among the most isolated from family and friends during the coronavirus pandemic.

Key findings:

  • Many people (37%) found it difficult to connect with family members living elsewhere, though almost everyone (93%) made the effort.
  • The families who kept up the best connection often lived close by or made creative use of technology
  • Many older people struggled with video calls and the like, and many still depended on face-to-face visits for contact and support.
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