Web site assists seniors: SeniorNavigator.com provides info for
A Web site devoted to helping seniors plug into Virginia’s 14,000 community-based
services and health care systems was launched Tuesday by Democratic gubernatorial
candidate Mark Warner and America Online Time Warner.
The announcement comes a month before Warner is expected to formally
launch his campaign. Warner, who will face either state Attorney General
Mark Earley or Lt. Gov. John Hager in November, has already raised $4 million.
The Web site, SeniorNavigator.com, is a joint venture of the Virginia
Health Care Foundation, the AOL Time Warner Foundation, and two dozen insurance
and health care systems in Virginia.
The site is devoted to Virginia, but officials said it could be expanded
to include other states based on its success. The site lists service providers
and doctors, support networks, housing options and links to government financial
Users can use the information to find a doctor, have medical questions
answered, learn about power of attorney and financial planning and research
retirement or adult day care facilities.
“The services are there, it’s just a question of finding an effective
way of hooking people up with those services,” said SeniorNavigator
Board co-Chair Richard Grier.
Senior citizens are the second-fastest growing group of online users,
said U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th. Getting information to them is especially
important with today’s more mobile society: Families are not as close-knit
and therefore communities are less prepared to offer help to seniors, he
AOL Time Warner Corporate Relations Vice President David Eisner said
their company is excited about focusing on the older audience. The challenge
is making online information accessible to everyone, he said.
“Everyone is trying to break this code to deliver information …
to all groups of people,” Eisner said.
The initiative has teamed with area agencies, such as Senior Services
of Alexandria, to train their workers to assist seniors in using the web
“The Internet has been a wonderful vehicle for seniors,” said
Angela Welsh, deputy director of Senior Services of Alexandria. Their organization
teaches 100 seniors on computers every two months, she said, so they know
seniors use technology to find information. “It’s very exciting,”
AOL Time Warner provided $600,000 in funding for the site, and Warner
said he donated a six-figure sum. SeniorNavigator.com is a subsidiary of
the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Partners include the CollisWarner Foundation,
Trilogy Consulting, iXL, Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield, Owens & Minor
Inc., and Brandywine Realty Trust.
·Contact Chris Newman at [email protected].