Aging & Geriatrics
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Older Adults Turning to Pot for Common Health ProblemsStaying Social Can Boost Healthy 'Gray Matter' in Aging BrainsIs Apathy an Early Sign of Dementia?Many Older Americans With Heart Failure Take 10 or More MedsShall You Dance? Study Finds Dancing Helps Seniors Avoid FallsStudy Sheds Light on Why COVID-19 Hits Elderly HardestEarly Results Show Moderna's COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective in Older PeopleLockdown Could Worsen Hearing Woes for U.S. SeniorsOlder Patients at Risk When Dentists Prescribe OpioidsFall Risk Rises Even in Alzheimer's Early StagesMiddle-Aged Americans Report More Pain Than SeniorsPoll Finds Pandemic Surge in Loneliness Among Older AdultsIsolation, Loneliness of Lockdowns Is Tough on America's SeniorsTeens, Seniors Are Often Driving the Least Safe CarsCommon Meds Tied to Faster Mental Decline in SeniorsSeniors With Depression Show Resilience in Face of PandemicAre Opioids Prescribed Too Freely as Patients Are Moved to Nursing Homes?Telehealth Skyrocketing Among Older AdultsWhy Are Dementia Patients Getting Risky Psychiatric Drugs?Education Benefits the Brain Over a LifetimeCould Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Hasten Cancer in Seniors?Can Seniors Handle Results of Alzheimer's Risk Tests?Telemedicine Is Here: Experts Offer Tips for SeniorsAre Baby Boomers Less Sharp Than Previous Generations?Many Older Adults Can't Connect With Telehealth: StudyMany Older Americans Getting Cancer Screens They Don't Need: StudyMore Education May Slow Start of Early-Onset Alzheimer'sMany Older Americans Staying Strong in the PandemicRepeat Bone Density Tests Might Not Be Needed, Study FindsLess Smoking, Drinking Means Fewer Hip Fractures for AmericansWant to Protect Your Eyes as You Age? Stay Away From CarbsGlaucoma Checkups Fall by the Wayside During PandemicWhat Puts You at High Risk of Midlife Mental Decline?Will Your Brain Stay Sharp Into Your 90s? Certain Factors Are KeyCheck Early and Often for GlaucomaMany Older Americans Face Ageism Every Day, Survey FindsMany Americans With Dementia Live in Homes With GunsAs People Age, They Share Fewer Memories With Others: StudyU.S. Air Pollution Still at Deadly Levels, Study Finds75 or Older? Statins Can Still Benefit Your HeartMuscle Relaxants for Back Pain Are Soaring: Are They Safe?Middle-Age Obesity Linked to Higher Odds for DementiaAmid Pandemic, Fears That Older Americans Are Feeling 'Expendable'What Behaviors Will Shorten Your Life?5 Healthy Steps to Lower Your Odds for Alzheimer'sWant Added Years? Try VolunteeringExercise Habits Key to Gauging Seniors' LongevityGet Moving, Seniors: It's Good For Your BrainMillions of Older Americans Can't Get Enough FoodCan Fruits, Tea Help Fend Off Alzheimer's Disease?
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Elder Care

Many Older Adults Can't Connect With Telehealth: Study

HealthDay News
by -- Steven Reinberg
Updated: Aug 6th 2020

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- The coronavirus pandemic has fueled big increases in video visits between patients and doctors, but older Americans haven't easily taken to the trend, a new study finds.

More than one-third of those over 65 face difficulties seeing their doctor via telemedicine -- especially older men in remote or rural areas who are poor, have disabilities or are in poor health.

"Telemedicine is not inherently accessible, and mandating its use leaves many older adults without access to their medical care," said lead author Dr. Kenneth Lam, a clinical fellow in geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

"We need further innovation in devices, services and policy to make sure older adults are not left behind during this migration," he added in a university news release.

Video visits are a good way to reach patients at home, but they require patients to be able to get online, use computer equipment and fix technical problems when they arise.

For the study, Lam's team analyzed 2018 data on more than 4,500 Medicare patients.

The researchers reported that about 38% weren't ready for video visits, including 72% of those 85 or older, mostly because they were inexperienced with technology or had a physical disability.

Even with outside support, 32% were not ready, and 20% couldn't cope with a phone visit because of dementia or difficulty hearing or communicating, the findings showed.

The most unready Medicare patients were older, male, unmarried, Black or Hispanic, rural, less educated, poor and in poor health, the investigators found.

"To build an accessible telemedicine system, we need actionable plans and contingencies to overcome the high prevalence of inexperience with technology and disability in the older population," Lam said.

"This includes devices with better designed user interfaces to get connected, digital accommodations for hearing and visual impairments, services to train older adults in the use of devices and, for some clinicians, keeping their offices open during the pandemic," he added.

The report was published online Aug. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

More information

For more on telehealth, head to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.




Facebook

Amazon Smile

 

Children and Adult services are available now with no wait time.  

Please contact HBH at 860-548-0101, option 2.

 


powered by centersite dot net