Posts Categorized: Health

The Broadband Barrier Blocking Telehealth Expansion in Rural America

A doctor uses telehealth technology on his laptop.

Access to healthcare has always been a struggle for rural communities. Too often, the sick, elderly, and disabled have had to drive hours just for basic medical needs. Telehealth is a viable health care solution for rural communities, but there is still a significant barrier standing in the way, and that barrier is insufficient broadband. Telehealth: What is it? The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and… Read more »

Helping the Sandwich Generation Care for Aging Parents

Senior Woman Enjoying a relaxing moment with her Daughter at Home drinking Coffee

Just what is the Sandwich Generation? Are you between the ages of 40 and 60 with both aging parents who need your care and attention and dependent children still at home?  If you answered yes, you are in good company with 9.3 million other Americans according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Welcome to the ‘Sandwich Generation’! As America ages, more and more people are becoming multi-generational caregivers. The staggering number of people who make up… Read more »

Broadband in Aging and Age Friendly Communities

Senior man talking on phone and using tablet, sitting at desk at home. Modern technology, communication concept

Facts are facts: Maine is the ‘oldest’ state in the country with a median age of 44.21.  This trend will likely continue over the next few years, and that has important implications for Maine’s infrastructure and economy.  On Friday, March 25th, local government leaders will gather to discuss the approach communities are taking to transform what it means to grow old in Maine at the Maine Municipal Association’s Statewide Manager Interchange.  OTELCO is proud to… Read more »