The effects of computers and Internet usage on everyday functioning and wellbeing of older adults: A randomized controlled study

K Slegers, MPJ van Boxtel, JJ Jolles

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Abstract

To study the impact of learning to use computers and the Internet in later life on everyday functioning and well-being, a randomized controlled intervention study (N=207) was carried out. In this study, older, community dwelling individuals (64-75 years) were trained in computer and Internet usage. After this training, subjects in the intervention group were equipped with a standard Internet computer (Apple iMac) and a broadband Internet connection for a one-year period. The participants in this intervention group were compared with peers in three control groups who agreed to refrain from (further) computer use during the study. At baseline and at two follow-up moments (4 and 12 months after baseline), all participants were screened with respect to different aspects of everyday performance and wellbeing. Contrary to prior studies and to the hypothesis, for all of the measurements of everyday performance and well-being, analyses showed no significant effect of the intervention. Implications of these findings are discussed. 209
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInternational Society for Gerontechnology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

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