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Advancing the Concepts & Practices of Information Resources Management in Modern Organizations

Web Access by Older Adult Users

Web Access by Older Adult Users
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Author(s): Shirley Ann Becker (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 6
Source title: Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-026-4.ch645


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The older adult population in the U.S. continues to increase at a rapid pace due to aging baby boomers and increased life expectancy. Older Americans, 60 years and older, will comprise about 20% of the total population by 2030, which is more than twice the number of aging adults than in 2000 (Administration on Aging, 2002). The Web offers an unprecedented opportunity for older adults to access a wealth of online resources. Increasingly, older adults are using the Web for information on self-diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of health problems (Preidt, 2003). They are taking advantage of electronic government resources to vote, file taxes, obtain social services, voice their opinions to officials, and search historical records. Older adults are also using the Web to stay socially active in terms of communicating with other users via lists and chat rooms (Czaja, Guerrier, Nair & Landauer, 1993; Kerschner & Hart, 1984).

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