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Study shows seniors navigate assistive technology with ease

Facebook, GPS, online banking among highly used technology for seniors
Monday, July 1, 2013

Technology is second nature to Generation Y. These individuals have grown up with access to a computer, and for the younger part of the cohort, the Internet, cell phones and texting. But according to a recent collaborative research project led by Dr. Carol Gosselink, associate professor of gerontology at Missouri State University, those aged 65 and older are accessing and effectively utilizing technology on a daily basis, too.

“In general, young-old (60-74) had moderately to slightly higher percentages of technology use than did old-old (ages 75-88) respondents. However, the old-old participants were more likely to use technology that helped them functionally compensate for potential decline in mobility,” said Gosselink. “Specifically, they were more likely than the younger cohort to use cellphones, GPS and online banking—technology that made their lives and access to social and everyday necessities easier.”

Gosselink worked with students Brian Jefferis, Emily Kiehne, Kristine Sinor and Kelsey Maloney to attain the data, write the paper and present the findings.

For more information, contact Gosselink at (417) 836-6859.

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