Senior Citizens and Online Health Resources

As Internet use increases across all demographics, so does its use as a health resource. From researching symptoms and side-effects to chatting with doctors online, and even ordering prescriptions, the Internet puts users in control of their healthcare more than ever before in history. Still, one vital demographic lags behind the rest in terms of using the Web as a resource for health. Seniors in the developed world struggle with adopting Internet practices that would benefit their health, despite having the most health-related concerns. Three main overlapping issues explain why this discrepancy in use between younger generations and older seniors exists: age, education, and income.

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