Healthy Aging 2.0


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I made this presentation at the Global Health Forum sponsored by the Italian Embassy to the US in Washington, DC on October 12, 2010.

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Healthy Aging 2.0

  1. 1. Healthy Aging 2.0: The Power of Digital Health and Wellness Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, MPH Director, Center for Digital Health and Wellness Professor and Chair, Health Education and Behavior Amanda K. Hall, MHSE, MS Doctoral Research Associate Embassy of Italy - Global Health Forum Healthy Aging Globally: A Life Cycle Approach October 12, 2010
  2. 2. Healthy Aging and New Technology • EUROPEAN COMMISSION Special issue on healthcare: Healthy ageing and the future of public healthcare systems “ICT (Information and communication technology) has become an important driver in medicine … Telemedicine and the telemonitoring of health status might also meet special needs of an elderly population… allowing the elderly to live longer in their own home and more independently …while reducing the costs for inpatient care.”
  3. 3. The Age of the “E-Patient” • ≈ 75% of internet users look online for health information • ≈ 60% of e-patients used online health information for asking clinical questions or getting a second opinion • ≈ 75% of e-patients with a chronic condition say their last health search affected a treatment decision • E-Patient = Engaged, Educated, Empowered
  4. 4. Change in Internet Use by Age, 2000-2010
  5. 5. Older Adults and Technology Adoption • Training programs can impact efficacy & anxiety Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE)
  6. 6. “Web 2.0” • Web applications that facilitate interactive information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration. • Users can interact or collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of content that was created for them. Source:
  7. 7. Older Adults and Social Media
  8. 8. Older Adults and Social Media • 2010 survey of adults age 50+ who use the internet by Pew Internet in American Life – Half (47%) of internet users ages 50-64 & quarter (26%) of users age 65 and older use social media – One in ten (11%) aged 50-64 and one in twenty (5%) who are 65+ read/share personal updates • Social networking = Informed decisions + Community engagement + Social support
  9. 9. “Health 2.0” • “The use of a specific set of (Web 2.0) tools by actors in health care including doctors, patients, and scientists, using principles of open source and generation of content by users, and the power of networks in order to personalize health care, collaborate, and promote health education.” Hughes B, Joshi I, Wareham J. Health 2.0 and Medicine 2.0: Tensions and Controversies in the Field, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 10(3): e23
  10. 10. Health 2.0 Applications
  11. 11. Older Adults and “mHealth” • Home broadband access in US – All Adults: 60% 50-64: 56% 65+: 26% • % of Adults Own Cellphone Wireless Internet – 18-29 90% 84% – 30-49 88% 64% – 50-64 82% 49% – 65+ 57% 20%
  12. 12. “mHealthy Aging”
  13. 13. “Healthy Aging 2.0” The effective use of participatory and collective technologies and applications to develop and maintain optimal mental, social and physical well-being and function in older adults and their social networks. Based on definition by West Virginia Rural Healthy Aging Network
  14. 14. Grazie & Thank you