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Reducing the Digital Divide: Connecting Older Adults to iPad Technology
Journal Of Applied Gerontology (2015)
  • Julie A. Delello, University of Texas at Tyler
  • Dr. Rochell R. McWhorter, University of Texas at Tyler
America’s older adult population is increasing at a dramatic rate due to better health care, technology, and improved living conditions. However, as individuals 65 years and older begin to live longer and experience multiple life changes, there is a larger incidence of social isolation leading to loneliness, depression, and a general decline in health. This mixed-method study aimed to explore whether information and communication technologies, specifically iPads, improved the lives of older adults. Our findings suggest that the use of technology increased knowledge, elicited closer family ties, and led to a greater overall connection to society.                  
  • aging,
  • community of practice,
  • iPad gerontechnology,
  • metaliteracy,
  • older adults
Publication Date
June 17, 2015
Publisher Statement
First published in Journal Of Applied Gerontology.
Citation Information
Delello, J. A., & McWhorter, R. R. (2015). Reducing the digital divide: Connecting the elderly to iPad technology. Journal of Applied Gerontology, (June 17, 2015): MEDLINE.