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Older people also want to join the tech bandwagon, especially in the field of health. According to a study conducted by the consultancy Accenture, 67% of seniors would like to access these services from their own home and have control and monitor their health from a mobile device.
The analysis takes into consideration the opinions of 10,730 individuals over the age of 65 from a dozen countries, including Spain; 57% of them use platforms provided by the healthcare system in order to check their medical records, and it seems certain the number will grow as more features are added and the use of such services becomes widespread.
The results have also revealed what older people use technology for — a useful piece of information for long-standing companies as well as startups exploring the ‘eHealth’ field. Most are willing to use a wearable device on a regular basis for monitoring their vital signs: breathing, pulse and blood pressure.
They also use tools to measure their cholesterol levels and keep their weight in check. They are interested, moreover, in participating in online communities to share health tips and get advice from their doctor.
Electronic devices and apps aren’t the only ones gaining popularity among the elderly; Internet health platforms play an important role as well. 62% of the survey participants use the Internet mainly to look for health-related information.
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Another key to providing the elderly with access to such services, as they claim themselves, is the design of the devices and how they perceive them. Many of those who admit they need technology to monitor their health do not even have a smartphone due to the complexity involved.
However, more and more models are incorporating simple versions adapted for the visually and hearing impaired. Families and manufacturers have to play their part in helping the elderly appreciate the potential of technology and overcome the fear of using it.