Navigation Links
Social media can support healthiness of older people
Date:4/15/2013

The use of social media by older people can offer valuable additional support in cases of sickness and diseases, new research from the University of Luxembourg has shown.

In a new publication, Dr Anja Leist from the University's Research Unit INSIDE, concludes that possibilities for a systematic application in clinical practice seem promising.

With the rise of user-friendly devices such as tablets and other web-enabled devices, older adults now engage in social media, such as online social networks, discussion boards, and online forums, more frequently. The evidence for the large potential of social media use in clinical practise had not been systematically investigated until now.

The review of existing studies by Dr Leist, associated with the Technology and Ageing Working Group of Professor Dieter Ferring, explores the manifold intervention possibilities, such as designing web sites to provide information on hip fracture prevention where older adults can also discuss their experiences.

Besides the potential for clinical practise and other positive consequences in everyday use of social media, the researchers also addressed the possible negative consequences of social media use.

With the successful use of a computer or web-enabled device, older adults report enhanced feelings of control and self-efficacy, but social media provides even more benefits for older adults.

"For me, it was interesting to learn that there is evidence for a large potential of social media in clinical practice. Older adults can use social media to access health-related information and engage in patient-to-patient or patient-doctor conversations. There are many online forums where people in difficult life situations, such as informal caregivers of a spouse with dementia or individuals with depression, can exchange thoughts as well as receive and provide social support. Other positive consequences are that lonely older adults can overcome loneliness through contact to family and friends and other users with similar interests," says Dr Leist.

However the negative consequences of social media use for older adults have yet to be investigated and literature from related fields show the potential for possible pitfalls. Some examples are access to harmful information and misuse of personal data. Other negative effects have been shown to be unfavourable social comparisons due to overly positive self-representations of others displayed in online social networks.

Dr. Leist raised the point of the lack of clarity on posthumous management of online web content, i.e. when the user has passed away. Another crucial unresolved issue is the data handling when a user develops an illness which leads to compromised decision-making ability such as dementia. With no possibility to modify online content, unless the user has agreed beforehand with full decision-making ability, inappropriate behaviour or displayed web content could pose a danger to others, but also impend the dignity of the user.


'/>"/>

Contact: Britta Schlüter
britta.schlueter@uni.lu
352-466-644-6563
University of Luxembourg
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas
2. Social Factors May Affect Lifespan More Than Race, Location
3. University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work announces partnership with MD Anderson
4. Alcohol abuse may be cause, rather than effect of social isolation, poor grades among teens
5. Avatars may help children with social anxiety overcome fears
6. Sleep Apnea in Teens Linked to Social, Behavioral Woes
7. Social-class discrimination contributes to poorer health
8. Teen Drinkers May Feel Like Social Outcasts: Study
9. New Anthropology and Archaeology Resources Published at Sciences Social Network
10. Social Smoking Announces New Product Line of E-Cig Liquids
11. Social Media Strategies and Solutions — Straight from the Experts
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... Health & Safety Institute (HSI) is offering discounted ... and 40-Hour courses from now until November 30, 2017 to assist with the clean-up ... prices to all businesses and government agencies – whether or not they will be ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... “Finn Mouseson”: follows the exciting story ... average life. This mouse sets out on a journey that will show that friends ... the creation of newly published author and illustrator, Melody Gersonde-Mickelson, who has earned a ...
(Date:9/20/2017)... ... September 20, 2017 , ... “The Foggy Road to Moorwick”: the adventures of a young ... creation of published author, Jeanine Liston, a busy mother of five who used her time ... been writing this book for over twenty years. It was a way to give ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... Brazilian jiu-jitsu community have raised more than $15,000 in just a couple of ... professional submission grappling matches and world-class instructor seminars, organizers expect to double those ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... ... Trusted debt-reduction firm CreditAssociates, LLC has announced two important milestones. To date, ... million in resolved debt for its clients. , Credit card debt, unpaid hospital bills, ... debt settled by the company. With more than a decade of combined service to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)... N.Y. , Sept. 6, 2017   PDI , ... announced it will host an educational session focused on ... bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention at the 2017 Annual Scientific ... which will take place at the Phoenix ... from Sept. 16-19, will also feature PDI,s ...
(Date:9/5/2017)... N.J. , Sept. 5, 2017  Getinge, ... has created a vibrant charitable donation program -- ... and support congenital heart defect research by The ... providers and the general public are encouraged to ... and submit the completed artwork to the gallery ...
(Date:9/1/2017)... 1, 2017  Bayer will present the latest research from ... Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2017 Congress, September 8-12 in ... preclinical and clinical data on Bayer,s marketed portfolio and late-stage ... "We value the ... cancer research at ESMO," said Carsten Brunn , Head ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: