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Bill would establish annual day spotlighting help for elderly with tech challenges

Rep. Jesús Hernández Arroyo

By The Star Staff

District 26 Rep. Jesús Hernández Arroyo filed legislation that seeks to declare the first Friday of October of each year as a day dedicated to assisting the elderly with the challenges of high technology.

The legislation also promotes activities to acknowledge, educate and highlight the benefits of guiding and supporting the senior population in technological aspects.

“The digital age is a reality that concerns us all and it is worrying that our seniors have been left behind on this issue,” Hernández Arroyo said. “Hence the importance of encouraging this population to be in contact with technology so that they can maintain communication with their loved ones and carry out any governmental or personal procedure. This, without a doubt, will help improve their emotional health so that they can function socially, and will make life easier for our elderly.”

The lawmaker pointed out there are many pieces of legislation for the benefit of the island’s senior population, but unfortunately, very few are in force.

“It is time to give back a little of how much our seniors have contributed,” Hernández Arroyo said. “Through this piece of legislation … we promote the integration of all government and international efforts and legislative measures to make our seniors self-sufficient and tempered to modern times.”

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