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

Capel, Sue, Childs, Sue, Banwell, Linda and Heaford, Susan (2007) Access to information and support for health: Some potential issues and solutions for an ageing population. Health Informatics Journal, 13 (4). pp. 243-253. ISSN 1460-4582

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458207079824

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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: domotics, health information, older people, social networks, technology, websites
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
G500 Information Systems
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2015 11:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20197

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