246156 Healthy aging 2.0: The power of new media and technology

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 10:30 AM

Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, MPH , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL
Michael Stellefson, PhD , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Amanda Hall, MHSE, MS , Department of Health Education and Behavior, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
This presentation will explore and discuss technology and social networking use among older adults and examine Healthy Aging 2.0 applications. Twenty-first century information and communications technology offer public health practitioners the unique opportunity to empower, engage, and educate older adults to actively become an integral part of their own health care. Various remote medical innovations have demonstrated their viability as tools which help monitor illness and relieve fiscal strains on our already overburdened health care system. An increasing number of older adults are going online to seek information to improve their health. Web 2.0 application tools are showing promising results in keeping people connected and informed. The use of telemedicine and telemonitoring to empower social networking among an aging population may well be the wave of the future in health care. Revolutionary technological advances and countless new tools are available to assist in this highly participatory form of healthy aging. New applications using smartphones, video conferencing equipment, and web-based telecommunication technologies are quickly bridging geographical gaps between patients and health care professionals. Mobile healthy aging applications are useful to prevent against isolation and neglect and improve overall patient communication. The systems integration opportunities of social networking using m-health technologies under the umbrella of “Healthy Aging 2.0” should be widely investigated to encourage more active disease management among older adults. The effective use of these participatory applications have the potential to augment mental, social, and physical well-being among older adults.

Learning Areas:
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Define and discuss telemonitoring and telemedicine and how they impact healthy aging. 2. Describe and identify e-patients and older adults online health information seeking trends and Web 2.0 engagement. 3. Identify and define Web 2.0 and Web 1.0 technologies and social networking use among older adults. 4. Discuss and assess barriers that prevent older adults from using the Internet and explore solutions. 5. Discuss the future of Web 2.0 technology and social networking sites to empower, engage, and educate older adults and those suffering from chronic diseases.

Keywords: Telemedicine, Information Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present because I am a doctoral student conducting research in health education and behavior at the University of Florida and I have experience working with telehealth programs in the home care setting for patients suffering from chronic diseases.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.