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Providing health information to seniors

Posted Oct 23 2008 6:21pm

Baby Boomers, the next generation of seniors, are using the Internet to find out more about health topics and then passing on what they have learned to their elders.

Although a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 31 percent of seniors (age 65 and older) have gone online, the next generation of seniors (60 to 64-year-olds) are twice as likely to go online and three times more likely to get a lot of health information than current seniors.  The Baby Boomers are often more experienced and confident in accessing information that helps to make good decisions.

Senior living isn't just about health and illness.  A study by Generations on Line found that travel, history, hobbies and genealogy are among the top topics of interest for online seniors.  Diseases and illness came in at Number 6.

Offering to go online to find health information for an older person in your life is one way of giving back to those who have nutured you over the years.

Source: Inside Bay Area at: www.insidebayarea.com 

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