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Training Older Adults to Access Health Information

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Educational Gerontology Volume 33, Number 6, ISSN 0360-1277


Many older adults do not use health information available on the Internet. Older adults residing in affordable housing were taught to use the Web site. Participants were predominantly African American women with limited education and income (N = 42). Outcomes included changes in computer and health Web site navigation skills. Results showed significant improvements for all demographic groups in both computer and Web site navigation (p less than 0.001). Older minority adults with no prior computer experience were willing and able to learn to use health Web sites. Success factors included an instructor familiar with the community, peer training assistants, and a focus on new learner needs. (Contains 4 tables.)


Bertera, E.M., Bertera, R.L., Morgan, R., Wuertz, E. & Attey, A.M.O. (2007). Training Older Adults to Access Health Information. Educational Gerontology, 33(6), 483-500. Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .

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