Seniors are internet users

Jasmine Phu

October 4, 2011

 Seniors are internet usersNew research presented at the 53rd annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology finds that cancer patients over the age of 64 are using the internet more than the public may assume.

Researchers wanted to find out if cancer patients would be more inclined to answer treatment related questions through their emails rather than through the mail or in person during check-ups.

To find the answer, from September 2008 to December 2009, 49 prostate cancer patients with email addresses were sent surveys through the internet to be filled out. They found that after six months of treatment, those surveyed through email answered them 90 percent of the time, in comparison to the 52 percent who responded through standard mail.

Not only does this show that seniors are willing and able to use the internet, but just like most of the population they also find it easier to use. Such surveys also cutback on the number of institutional errors made because more people were answering the questions.

Aside from teaching seniors living on their own how to use the internet to keep in touch with friends or family, caregivers may want to install a senior alert system that allows parents to call for help in an instant should they fall.