Enhancing elderly utilization of social networks

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Social networks are one of the fastest growing aspects of internet technologies. They keep people closer together and provide for personal interactions on unprecedented level. Social communication among the elderly is of particular interest, due to abundant leisure time, opportunity to share past and present experiences, and a desire to have a realistic feeling of visiting and being visited by family and friends. Current and future elderly population is computer literate, further supporting the adoption of internet applications. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, it surveys the emerging world of social networks, and its relevance to the elderly population. Various extensions, dedicated to the elderly, are then proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009


  • Elderly population
  • computer literacy
  • social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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