Seniors: Use the Internet to Access Health Information

Jun 13th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

A new resource is available from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that provides assistance for senior citizens to learn more about using the Internet and to acquire health information vital to managing one’s own medical situation.

The National Institute on Aging (one of NIH’s institutes) has developed a tool kit to address the two learning issues just identified.  The kit is a tool educators and trainers and social directors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and senior centers everywhere can use to help elders gain access to Internet-based health information.  Two Internet sites are featured… NIHSeniorHealth.gov and MedLinePlus.gov.  The tool kit is a fully developed curriculum for conducting classes for seniors.  All the instructor has to do is print the brochures and sign up the elder-students. Lesson plans, training tools and tips on teaching are all provided.

Online health information is easy to find, once a senior knows how to navigate the Internet.  This training device offers opportunity for elders to learn the navigation process, as well as identify sites that provide reliable health information.  Videos, stories and health information broken down in to easy to read categories gives the senior opportunity to gain access to knowledge otherwise denied him/her.  Information is knowledge, and knowledge is power.  The more information a senior citizen has about her/his health issues, the better is the opportunity to address problems in the preventive stage and manage one’s health productively and successfully.



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