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by Linda L. Barrett, Ph.D., AARP Knowledge Management, AARP Research, March 2008
Older adults and family caregivers are willing to use new technologies (such as telemedicine and telepharmacy) that can allow people to remain independent—and in their own homes—as they age. These December 2007 national surveys of 907 adults age 65+ and 1,023 caregivers age 45-75 conclude that both groups could benefit by knowing more about the range of technological innovations that are available today (and those that are on the horizon). Key findings include the following:
Data were collected by Knowledge Network between December 7 and December 18, 2007, from an online panel of 907 adults age 65+ and 1,023 caregivers age 45-75. The completion rate for the 65+ sample was 77% (with a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent), while the completion rate for caregivers was 71% (with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent). Further information about the study may be obtained by contacting Linda L. Barrett, Ph.D., at 202-434-6197. (140 pages)
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