Here are a few documents I have found so far with help from a Fellow or two from The RSA Getting Older Citizens to blog may not be as easy as I thought and I need help. One of my goals is to try and muster a team from The RSA to assist. Perhaps we can publish a paper? Unfortunately f2f will not be easy for me but with the help of the forum I may not need to. However I am learning lots and enjoying this immensly.
“The latest stats show that in 2010, around one in four of the working age population was aged 50 and over, and this is projected to increase to one in three by 2022” Damian Hinds (DWP).
Older Citizens need a voice and that can be through a blog. If you have come to this site to learn about how to blog go here.
Abstract from a study of digital literacy in the older population.
Cognitive decline is a major risk factor for disability, dementia, and death. The use of Internet/E-mail, also known as digital literacy, might decrease dementia incidence among the older population. The aim was to investigate whether digital literacy might be associated with decreased cognitive decline in older adulthood.
Data from the English Longitudinal Study of Aging cohort with 6,442 participants aged 50–89 years, followed for 8 years, with baseline cognitive testing and four additional time points. The main outcome variable was the relative percentage change in delayed recall from a 10-word-list learning task across five separate measurement points. In addition to digital literacy, socioeconomic variables, including wealth and education, comorbidities, and baseline cognitive function were included in predictive models. The analysis used Generalized Estimating Equations.
Higher education, no functional impairment, fewer depressive symptoms, no diabetes, and Internet/E-mail use predicted better performance in delayed recall.
Digital literacy may help reduce cognitive decline among persons aged between 50 and 89 years.
Digital literacy is defined as being able to navigate the Internet and use email.
Below is the data from Pew on Internet usage in the USA.
Run your mouse over the charts to view date
Media literacy and digital exclusion in older people
Media literacy, digital exclusion and older people uploaded by Philip Finlay-Bryan on Scribd
And worth reading is:
Harvard Health Blog – Learning a new skill can slow cognitive ageing.
“Active aging involves more than moving your body. You also need to move your brain. “When you exercise, you engage your muscles to help improve overall health,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The same concept applies to the brain. You need to exercise it with new challenges to keep it healthy.”
This paper explores how we can use and develop digital technologies to prepare for and enjoy later life. It brings together past research, and the results of a wide-ranging process to gather experience and ideas from those in the ﬁeld, undertaken through a workshop and online discussion.
The burning question (s) is how to contact older citizens and get them to a level of digital literacy where they can blog.