Connected living for positive ageing

Helen Hasan, Henry Linger

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Abstract

This chapter proposes that social use of digital technologies can play a useful role in meeting the social and economic challenges posed by the ageing populations in developed countries. Many citizens become increasingly isolated as they age and this has a detrimental impact on their wellbeing. The authors present research which shows how, with suitable devices and ongoing support, older people can develop the digital capability to remain connected to family and community. They can also engaged in activities that give meaning to their lives. The research shows the importance of taking an individualized approach to meeting the needs of each older person who is motivated to learn and of making this learning fun. It also demonstrates how mastering just one or two digital applications can not only enhance social wellbeing but also enable citizens to have more control of their lives and be less of a burden on others.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements
EditorsSteven Gordon
Place of PublicationHershey PA USA
PublisherIGI Global
Chapter8
Pages203-223
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781522524960
ISBN (Print)9781522524953
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC)
PublisherIGI Global
ISSN (Print)2328-1405
ISSN (Electronic)2328-1413

Cite this

Hasan, H., & Linger, H. (2017). Connected living for positive ageing. In S. Gordon (Ed.), Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements (pp. 203-223). (Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC)). Hershey PA USA: IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-2495-3.ch008
Hasan, Helen ; Linger, Henry. / Connected living for positive ageing. Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements. editor / Steven Gordon. Hershey PA USA : IGI Global, 2017. pp. 203-223 (Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC)).
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Hasan, H & Linger, H 2017, Connected living for positive ageing. in S Gordon (ed.), Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements. Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC), IGI Global, Hershey PA USA, pp. 203-223. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-2495-3.ch008

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Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements. ed. / Steven Gordon. Hershey PA USA : IGI Global, 2017. p. 203-223 (Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC)).

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Hasan H, Linger H. Connected living for positive ageing. In Gordon S, editor, Online Communities as Agents of Change and Social Movements. Hershey PA USA: IGI Global. 2017. p. 203-223. (Advances in Social Networking and Online Communities (ASNOC)). https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-5225-2495-3.ch008