Encouraging digital literacy in older adults

By Carey Rose
Master of Communication in Communities and Networks

The internet’s wide-ranging utility has helped lead to its ubiquity. It has become essential for employment, entertainment, academics and social interaction. Adults aged 65 and older, particularly those who are less healthy and affluent, may benefit greatly from the services, information and sense of community the internet can bring. Yet they are significantly less likely than younger groups to use the internet at all.

The numerous reasons for this include a fear of change, skepticism over potential benefits and a lack of proper training. But evidence shows that digital literacy is linked with a reduction in cognitive decline in older adults, as well as an increase in health and feelings of well-being.

Therefore, for the 34% of older adults who don’t use the internet, introducing it carefully, thoughtfully and effectively into their daily routines could have a meaningfully positive impact on measures of quality of life. See video below for more details.

Anu HastingsEncouraging digital literacy in older adults
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