Digital communication use before and during COVID among residential older adults
Many older adults living in residential care facilities do not use digital communication technologies. The study was a retrospective pre-post study testing the impact of a digital communication program instituted at two Continuing Care Retirement Communities. We distributed a survey between March 2021 and April 2021 to examine study objectives. Data analyses were performed using JMP Pro 16.1 and SAS 9.4. One hundred twenty-six people started the survey, with 120 completing the survey and included in the analysis. The mean age was 84 years, 67.5% were female, 95.8% were White, 64.2% were widowed, and 35.3% reported at least a bachelor's degree level of education. There were minimal increases in digital communication behavior and communication frequency. Older adults most notably reported privacy concerns and have mixed responses about the utility of digital communication for social engagement. We apply the results to the Stage of Change model and provide recommendations to promote behavior change.
Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Williams, Cynthia and Dedeo, Michelle, "Digital communication use before and during COVID among residential older adults" (2023). UNF Faculty Research and Scholarship. 3301.