Health technologies: are older people interested?

Document type
Discussion paper
Mason, Kathy
Date of publication
5 January 2016
Health Services, Older Adults
Social welfare
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This report finds that the over 65s made up 17% of the population in 2010, up from 15% in 1985, with projections indicating a rise to 23% by 2035.

Exponential growth of an aging population indicates a challenge:  the highest users of health services are the over 75s and  average NHS spending for retired households is nearly double that for non-retired households.

 As life spans increase, society needs to ensure that those lives are active and fulfilling by supporting and encouraging older people to stay healthy and independent  for as long as possible.
Digital technology is increasingly a central factor in rising to this challenge. The received wisdom is that older people and their children, themselves over 55 years of age, are resistant to embracing technology in this context. This research paper examines whether this is actually true.

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