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

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