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by Linda Barrett, AARP Research & Strategic Analysis, AARP Research, January 2011
Health and Caregiving among the 50+: Ownership, Use and Interest in Mobile Technology (Full Report, PDF)
This study examined the ownership, usage, and interest in hand-held mobile technology among the 50+ population and focused especially on whether people 50+ take mobile devices with them when they leave home, and their current usage or interest in using mobile devices to manage their health or the health of someone 50+ they assist.
This survey shows that cell phones are the mobile technology of choice among people age 50+. While cell phones could be a productive means of communicating with this audience there are some mixed findings about respondents’ receptivity about how they are used. While a minority of the 50+ currently use a mobile technology to track their health, a substantial proportion are at least somewhat interested in doing so. Interest waned, however, when we asked about using mobile technology to share health information with a health care professional, tracking one’s location with a GPS, and using mobile technology to motivate or adopt healthy behaviors. The results show caregivers’ interest also varies.
Other key findings include:
This online survey was done by Knowledge Networks between October 13-20, 2010, among adults aged 50 and older. For more information, please contact the author, Linda Barrett, at 202-434-6197.
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