Purposeful social media as support platform: communication frameworks for older adults requiring care

C. Norval, J. L. Arnott, N. A. Hine, V. L. Hanson

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    Abstract

    Despite more and more people adopting Social Networking Sites (SNSs) such as Facebook, adults over 65 years of age still make up a relatively small percentage of those numbers. A perceived lack of purpose is suggested as one of the key issues surrounding the lack of interest of older adults, yet with health benefits associated with usage, such as increased social capital and community belonging, there is a unique opportunity present to develop social media that help carers stay in touch with patients and provide support when needed while providing these benefits. Technology can send information to carers, so an easy and secure framework for communication could provide significant emotional support for those who require it. Current work in the field suggests that such a platform could be designed and implemented to complement existing telecare systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2011 5th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare and Workshops, PervasiveHealth 2011
    Pages492-494
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Electronic)9781936968152
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

    Keywords

    • Older adults
    • Privacy
    • Social media
    • Social networking sites
    • Telecare

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