Computer use among elderly people

Comput Nurs. 2000 Mar-Apr;18(2):62-8; quiz 69-71.


This study investigates the literature on the state of knowledge on computer use among elderly people. Results of this review suggest that benefits may ensue if computer use is advocated. Functional limitations secondary to visual, hearing, and mobility changes; financial inadequacy; and cognitive limitation related to memory use are identified as barriers that may inhibit this population from learning how to use the computer. Methods and techniques dealing with these barriers are presented. Finally, teaching strategies that may be implemented to facilitate the learning process among elderly population on computer use are discussed and elucidated.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Communication Barriers*
  • Computers*
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Nursing* / methods
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • United States