A report recently revealed that seniors rarely ask Google for medical advice. Even though senior citizens need a lot of medical attention, they don’t like to use the internet for seeking medical advice. This happens despite the fact that the World Wide Web is health information galore. Seniors are not that inclined to look for medical information on the internet, compared to most adults.
The study found that just around eighteen percent of the participants in the National Health and Aging Trends Study sought health information in the online environment, in 2014.
That’s a small figure, compared to about sixty percent of adults across the age groups who use the advice from Dr. Google at least once a year.
Ever since 2011, more and more people on Medicare have started to use technology. Lat year, 64 percent of the subjects owned a computer, and 43 percent had Internet access. The average age was seventy-five.
These seniors did not research age –related conditions, like heart disease, diabetes or dementia. Instead, a lot of them used the email or internet banking.
From the 7,609 study subjects, just sixteen percent responded they used the internet to look for health information. Eight percent have filled out prescriptions online, and only seven percent used the internet to communicate with their physician.
Some seniors were more inclined to look for information on health issues on-line. College graduates were seven times more inclined to look for health information online, than those who did not finish high-school. And, interestingly, seniors with self-reported “excellent” conditions were twice as likely to seek health advice online than those who considered their own health state as “poor.”
These differences made the authors of the study speculate that seniors are not profiting from the health resources which are made available online.
However, a study of 2014 came to different conclusions. It found that the Wikipedia entries for nine health conditions – high blood pressure, high cholesterol, back pain, diabetes, depressive disorder, lung cancer, coronary disease or pulmonary disease- featured a great deal of information that was not correlated with the latest medical research.
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