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  • Living in Digital Times Focuses on Technology for Life’s Transitions Mobile Health and the 50+ An AARP Survey of Use and Interest January 7, 2011
  • Mobile Health Disconnect As Americans age, the incidence of chronic illness rises dramatically* Four out of five Americans over 50 years oldsuffer from at least one chronic condition Half of those 65-74 years old have two to four chronic conditions Fewer older Americans own mobile-enabled healthcare devices** 7% of the 50+ own a smart phone 4% have used a mobile device to share info with docs 11% have used a mobile device to track their health Those who need it most use it least High Incidence of Chronic Illness mHealth Gap Use of Mobile Devices Low Age * “Chronic Care: A Call to Action,” AARP Public Policy Institute, 2009 ** “Mobile Technology, Health and Caregiving Among People 50 and Older,” AARP, Jan.7, 2011
  • All they see are barriers “Too expensive… Don’t need it… Hard to figure out…What’s the point?” Just 41% of the 50+ surveyed believed mobile health technologies would improve their health Barriers Benefits “Mobile Technology, Health and Caregiving Among People 50 and Older,” AARP, Jan. 7, 2011. Shows top 10 of 17 items.
  • Some Good News The 50+ may not use mobile devices much for their health, but they are interested Four in ten are somewhat/very interested in using a mobile device to track their health over time including measures such as weight, blood sugar and blood pressure Four in ten are somewhat/very interested in using a mobile device to share health status with their healthcare provider “Mobile Technology, Health and Caregiving Among People 50 and Older,” AARP, Jan.7, 2011
  • Niche Interest is High Woman age 50+ (46%) are more likely than men (38%) to express interest in mobile devices to track health African-Americans age 50+(61%) and Hispanic Americans 50+ (59%) are more likely to be interested in using mobile technology to send health information to a health professional than white, non-Hispanic 50+ (34%) People age 50 and older making more than $75,000 are more interested than those of lower incomes to track health with mobile device (51% v. 41% or less) While only 7% of Caregivers use mobile devices to monitor the health of someone, 51% said they would be interested in it “Mobile Technology, Health and Caregiving Among People 50 and Older,” AARP, Jan.7, 2011
  • mHealth & the 50+: Some Takeaways Substantial barriers around perceived cost, usefulness, privacy and complexity Use is low, but interest is high Especially among women, ethnic minorities, those making over $75,000 and Caregivers An mHealth challenge for us all
  • Thank You Bill Walsh Sr. Strategic Advisor, AARP bwalsh@aarp.org