Access to information and support for health: Some potential issues and solutions for an ageing population

Sue Capel, Sue Childs, Linda Banwell, Susan Heaford

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    Abstract

    Computer illiteracy is diminishing as a new generation of retirees become the younger old and display more up-to-date knowledge and skills. However, there are questions about whether this group will be able to continue to update their skills as they get older, and whether it is appropriate to develop technology solutions specifically for this age group or to concentrate on accessible designs for the whole population. We propose that older people may be empowered through involvement in the design and provision of accessible information and technology solutions and through training opportunities in information seeking skills. Access, involvement and training need to be provided in everyday locations, and training needs to be closely related to people's physical, cognitive and information needs and those of the particular communities where they live. These issues are explored using evidence from a number of research projects conducted by the authors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)243-253
    JournalHealth Informatics Journal
    Volume13
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

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