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Exploring Community Inclusion in Older Adulthood through the use of Computers and Tablets


Exploring Community Inclusion in Older Adulthood through the use of Computers and Tablets

Leonard, Kelly (2017) Exploring Community Inclusion in Older Adulthood through the use of Computers and Tablets. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The population is aging, and it is predicted by 2050, there will be more individuals over the age of 60 than any other age group. With this in mind, some older adults also experience physical, financial or social constraints, more so than other age groups. In addition, older adults were found to be least likely to engage with computers and tablets, and they are the smallest group using digital social networks. Therefore, in this research project, the issue of social isolation and computer and tablet use was explored amongst older adults experiencing social isolation. Interviews were conducted with six socially isolated older adults, as well as six Therapeutic Recreation practitioners and four volunteer coordinators in order to explore meaningful opportunities for older adults to engage with the community using computers and tablets. The findings suggest that although there are programs and resources currently available to help engage older adults in the community such as online communities and virtual lectures, the biggest barrier that older adults experience is the lack of knowledge with using the device. Participants in this study mentioned that they enjoyed working with younger adults and it is suggested that pairing younger adults to teach older adults how to use computer or tablets devices could compensate for their lack of digital literacy skills. Furthermore, it is recommended that TR practitioners and volunteer coordinators encourage the use of devices in practice and facilitate more digital literacy programs. Programs that can be implemented include online discussion groups, support groups, and educational groups.

Divisions:Concordia University > School of Graduate Studies > Individualized Program
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Leonard, Kelly
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Individualized Program
Date:30 August 2017
Thesis Supervisor(s):Hebblethwaite, Shannon and Sawchuk, Kim and Yuen, Felice
ID Code:983083
Deposited On:17 Nov 2017 16:47
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:56
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