[Fwd: Seniors' use of the Internet]
larsson at u.washington.edu
Mon Jan 13 13:32:25 PST 2003
From our colleagues at SeniorNet comes this report.
Given that 70% of our honored elders (at least from this survey) use the
Internet to search for health information, should we as public health
professionals be pushing to get more of the wonderful public
health/health promotion materials we produce up on the Web?
How can we accomplish this with limited resources if we think it's
Should we just find and aggregate and link to the best quality public
health/health education content from our local health jurisdiction
Websites? (Do all local health jurisdictions have Web sites to use in
disseminating information and health promotion content)?
Should we partner with the National Library of Medicine and the
thousands of public health and medical librarians to get content
Web-ready? Is that even practical?
(Note MEDLINEPlus - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ - has quite a
bit of good health information up on its siteand the Public Health
Partners page - http://nnlm.gov/partners/ - is making more available).
Librarians and public health folks are natural partners. We have the
HTML experience and you have the content expertise. NLM does have
grants to connect PH practitioners and librarians, although they have
been for training and Internet connections. Perhaps we might think about
linking the two expertises around the creation of additional public
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Seniors' use of the Internet
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2003 11:57:20 -0500
From: "Zeller, Paula (NIH/NCI)" <zellerp at MAIL.NIH.GOV>
Reply-To: "Zeller, Paula (NIH/NCI)" <zellerp at MAIL.NIH.GOV>
To: NEWMEDIACY at LIST.NIH.GOV
An online survey of 2,084 adults 50 years and older revealed that 70% use
the Internet to research health information -- surpassed only by "stay
current with news and events" (72%) and "stay in touch with friends and
relatives" (94%). The SeniorNet survey also found that 46% of respondents
have been using the Internet for more than 5 years.
SeniorNet Survey on Internet Use, November 2002 (November 2002, SeniorNet)
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