This qualitative research sought to explore whether participation in online religious communities can alleviate distress in later life. Twenty-six religious individuals aged 70–96 were trained to use an experimental forum. Their experiences and online activities were documented for six months via interviews, media ethnographies, online observations and monthly follow-ups. Analysis led to identification of (1) Factors affecting participation; (2) Online activity patterns and (3) Effects on wellbeing. Findings indicate that continued spiritual involvement in later life through online religious communities is recommended as an accessible and available means of empowering older persons and enhancing their satisfaction with life.
- Old age
- online communities