Cell phone and technology use by octogenarians

Atlas, Astrid, Muru-Lanning, Marama, Moyes, Simon, Kerse, Ngaire, and Jatrana, Santosh (2020) Cell phone and technology use by octogenarians. Journal of Primary Health Care, 12 (1). pp. 35-40.

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INTRODUCTION: Many countries, including New Zealand, have an aging population and new technologies such as cell phones may be useful for older people.

AIM: To examine cell phone and technology use by octogenarians.

METHODS: Te Puawaitanga O Nga Tapuwae Kia Ora Tonu- Life and Living in Advanced Age: A Cohort Study In New Zealand (LILACs NZ) cohort study data of Māori (aged 80-90 years, 11-year age band) and non-Māori (aged 85 years, 1-year age band) followed for 3 years was used to describe the prevalence among study participants of the use of the internet, cell phones and watching pay-per-view television. Association of these activities with living arrangement, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive respiratory disease and participants' cognition were examined.

RESULTS: Technology use was relatively low among study octogenarians. Fewer Māori used cell phones and the internet (16% and 6%) than non-Māori (30% and 19%). Māori participants supported only by a pension were less likely to use cell phones than Māori with more income. More men watched pay-per-view television (e.g. SKY) than women. Living alone and having chronic lung disease were associated with not watching pay-per-view television. Participants who used the internet had higher cognition scores than others. Non-Māori women were less likely to watch pay-per-view television and non-Māori on a pension only were less likely to watch pay-per-view television than people on a higher income. Participants who lived alone were less likely to watch pay-per-view.

CONCLUSION: Relatively low use of technology may limit potential for health technology innovation for people of advanced age. Socioeconomic and ethnic disparities will amplify this.

Item ID: 69848
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1172-6156
Keywords: cell phone, chronic lung disease (CLD), chronic obstructive respiratory disease (CORD), congestive heart failure (CHF), internet, living alone, Octogenarians, pay-per-view TV
Copyright Information: © Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 2020. This is an open access article licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 01:58
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