Low-Cost Internet Services Help Seniors Stay Connected

The internet is a valuable tool for seniors. It helps them stay connected with family, friends, and community services. This helps prevent social isolation which can seriously worsen health.

Senior Care in Orlando FL - Low-Cost Internet Services Help Seniors Stay ConnectedAn internet connection is also needed to use helpful services like Amazon Echo, Free Caption Phones, free videos (like exercises to reduce fall risk), on-demand music, streaming movies, and more.

Having internet at home also allows the use of safety services, like fall monitoring, automated temperature control, home security, and more. But monthly access fees can get expensive.

Fortunately, some internet service providers are helping seniors get online with low-cost services, typically with no monthly contracts and free or low cost equipment.

We rounded up 7 sources of low-cost internet for seniors. Availability depends on location and financial situation, but these programs are well worth checking into.

7 sources of low-cost internet for seniors

1. Comcast
As part of the Comcast Internet Essentials pilot program, eligible seniors can get home internet service for $10/month, home wi-fi, a free computer, and internet training classes.

The program is currently offered in about a dozen locations across the country. Find out more and apply online

2. AT&T
In 21 states, Access from AT&T offers low-cost home internet service to qualifying households. It costs between $5 and $10/month, depending on the speed of service in the area.

To qualify, at least one person must participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or live in California and get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Find out more and apply online

3. EveryoneOn
EveryoneOn is an organization that works with a variety of internet service providers to offer low-cost plans. Monthly costs range from $10 – $25/month and there are no contracts to sign. See offers and find out how to qualify

4. Spectrum
In some areas, Spectrum Internet Assist offers low-cost internet for seniors receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. See if it’s available in your area

5. FreedomPop
FreedomPop offers free and low-cost wireless internet access to households in selected zip codes. See if it’s available in your area

6. FCC’s Lifeline program
Lifeline is a federal program that lowers the monthly cost of phone or internet services. Eligible customers will get at least $9.25 toward their bill.

Participants in Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, Veterans benefits, and other federal, state, and tribal assistance programs will be eligible. Find out more and find a local service provider

7. Google Fiber
In some neighborhoods, Google Fiber offers high-speed plans for $15/per month. Check for availability and find out more

SOURCE: AHI Group

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About Kim Lee

Robert “Kim” Lee and Melanie Ann Lee founded Flourish in Place to help seniors and adults with disabilities thrive and flourish while leading dignified and independent lives in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Kim and Melanie raised three remarkable children while helping care for Melanie’s wonderful mother, Kathryn, who lived a rich life despite dealing with bipolar disorder all her life and suffering later from post-polio syndrome. Melanie has cared for her intellectually disabled older sister for the past 18 years as Melinda’s court-appointed plenary guardian. Kim’s mother, Betsy, suffers from severe dementia. She lives in her own home with the help of compassionate family members as well as paid caregivers. Kim and Melanie’s life experiences caring for others influenced their desire to help people not merely “age in place” -- but flourish at home. Kim and Melanie are both Certified Senior Care Managers. Kim Lee is the President and Administrator. Kim earned his B.S. in Psychology from Duke University and his J.D. from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Kim practiced law as a shareholder for the prominent Orlando firm of Lowndes, Drosdick, et al. for many years, and then as Chair of the Commercial Litigation Department for Bogin, Munns & Munns. In 2001, Kim joined Rotech Healthcare Inc., a national Durable Medical Equipment company with annual sales of $500 million. The Rotech Board appointed him Chief Legal Officer in 2013. Kim has chaired a nonprofit board and volunteered in many capacities, including key leadership roles in his downtown Orlando church. As leader of Flourish in Place, Kim combines many years of legal experience as an attorney, and business acumen as a national healthcare company senior executive, with a strong passion for the mission of helping others flourish.
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