Dr Google can improve older people's health- if we bridge the technology gap

Antonio, Amy and Tuffley, David (2015) Dr Google can improve older people's health- if we bridge the technology gap. The Conversation, 24 February 2015. pp. 1-3.

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With more health information going online every day, it has
never been easier to proactively manage our health. The
problem is, the people who would benefit the most seem to be
using it the least.

Older adults typically have a greater need for health-related information but their health literacy – their capacity to obtain, process and understand health information to make appropriate health decisions – is the lowest among all age groups. Research shows that only about 3% of the elderly know how to access health-related information. And of those older adults who
seek health information online, few are careful to evaluate its credibility. This points to the need for interventions to assist older adults’ use of computers and the internet.
There are clear benefits, both at a personal and social level, to teaching the elderly how to access health information and to use the internet generally. Efforts have been made to address this skills gap, but with limited success.

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2016 06:30
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2016 01:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: online health information, elderly
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27635

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