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[GET SOCIAL] New community platform launches for older adults

A new social platform created by nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP aims to empower older adults to interact with each other virtually and cultivate deeper relationships. Senior Planet Community is designed specifically for older adults, with the help of older adults, to ensure an optimal user experience: simple layout, safe environment, and no advertisements.

The platform encourages older adults to connect with peers who share similar interests by posting and commenting in groups pertaining to specific topics, such as fitness, photography, etc.

"During the pandemic, a significant number of older adults reported an uptick in technology usage, yet seniors have not always felt welcomed by major social media platforms. Senior Planet Community offers an online environment where older adults can interact with people of a similar age group without ads on a simple yet well-designed, user-friendly platform," said Tom Kamber, executive director of OATS from AARP.

Dozens of older adults took part in a months-long Senior Planet Community pilot project, where they tested and offered feedback on the new platform's design, layout, and operation. OATS also consulted with user experience-experts who specialize in designing online programs and products for older adults.

Senior Planet Community includes the following features:

  • Straightforward, age-friendly design.
  • No advertisements, with a promise to users that their data will not be sold for marketing purposes.
  • Enhanced accessibility options, including larger text size, increased text spacing, highlighting links, color blind options, etc.
  • Platform moderators who are responsible for preventing cyber bullying and the spread of false information.

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