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A Platform for Aging in Place: The Increasing Potential of High-speed Internet Connectivity

Information and communication services, delivered over a high-speed Internet connection, increase the potential for older adults to live independently, safely, and comfortably in their own homes. And yet, few older adults have a fast Internet connection at home. 

Some of the most promising Internet-based services and applications involve virtual visits with clinicians and family caregivers, automation of routine home activities, and in-home monitoring for older adults with limitations in activities of daily living.  This report presents an overview of these services.  It also offers recommendations urging policymakers to ensure that affordable high-speed connectivity is available to all citizens and promoted as an aging-in-place solution.

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