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Factors influencing Internet usage in older adults (65 years and above) living in rural and urban Sweden
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2015 (English)In: Health Informatics Journal, ISSN 1460-4582, E-ISSN 1741-2811, Vol. 21, no 3, 237-249 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Older adults living in rural and urban areas have shown to distinguish themselves in technology adoption; a clearer profile of their Internet use is important in order to provide better technological and health-care solutions. Older adults' Internet use was investigated across large to midsize cities and rural Sweden. The sample consisted of 7181 older adults ranging from 59 to 100 years old. Internet use was investigated with age, education, gender, household economy, cognition, living alone/or with someone and rural/urban living. Logistic regression was used. Those living in rural areas used the Internet less than their urban counterparts. Being younger and higher educated influenced Internet use; for older urban adults, these factors as well as living with someone and having good cognitive functioning were influential. Solutions are needed to avoid the exclusion of some older adults by a society that is today being shaped by the Internet.

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2015. Vol. 21, no 3, 237-249 p.
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Internet use, older adults, rural and urban living
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Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121502DOI: 10.1177/1460458214521226ISI: 000360409700005OAI: diva2:860286
Available from: 2015-10-12 Created: 2015-10-05 Last updated: 2015-10-12Bibliographically approved

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