Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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Communication Technologies and Older Adults

  • Annalise M. Rahman-FilipiakEmail author
  • Benjamin M. Hampstead
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_694-1



Information and communication technology (ICT) is the general term used to describe all media utilized in the communication of information (Chandler and Munday 2016). Older adults may conceptualize ICT as both the tools and the tasks completed while using them (Hill et al. 2015). These tasks can be categorized as transportation and mobility technology (e.g., ride-share services), health and wellness technology (e.g., pedometer and other exercise tracking devices and applications, online medical portals, medical alert buttons), socialization technology (e.g., social networking, email and messaging programs, online dating services), educational and informational technology (e.g., massive open online courses, search engines), and instrumental or functional technology (e.g., online banking or shopping).


Recent estimates suggest a rapid increase in ICT use among the older...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annalise M. Rahman-Filipiak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benjamin M. Hampstead
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Mental Health ServiceVA Ann Arbor Healthcare SystemsAnn ArborUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Adam J. Woods
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Neuroscience, McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory, McKnight Brain InstituteUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA