Aging in Place Technology Watch Updates Survey of Technology Usage of Older Adults

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2016 Technology Survey of older adults aged 59-85+ provides a progress report about older adult ownership, usage and interest in technology.

“Laurie Orlov runs a fantastic research consultancy about boomers/seniors and aging in place. Once you start asking around on this subject, Laurie’s name will come into every conversation.” – Lee Rainie, Pew Research

Aging in Place Technology Watch, in partnership with Link·age Connect of Mason, Ohio released the 2016 Technology Survey of older adults ages 59-85+. This updates research originally fielded in 2011, tracking the oldest population's ownership, usage and interest in technology. Link·age Connect in Mason, Ohio was the source for reaching the participants in this year’s survey.

The 2016 Link·age Technology Survey Report offers guidance to vendors and senior-focused organizations about device and Internet access of older adults, including their interest in acquiring technologies they don’t currently own, what they expect to pay for them and who will pay.

Key takeaways from the survey included:

•Smartphones have yet to impress the majority of those aged 75+    
Compared to the 2011 Survey, those surveyed are both more connected to and more critical of technology offerings
•Seniors do not expect family members to pay for technology
•Older adults are not yet using health and wellness technologies

The report can be downloaded from:

About Aging in Place Technology Watch:

Headquartered in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Aging in Place Technology Watch provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable older adults to remain longer in their home of choice. In addition to her technology background and years as an industry analyst, founder Laurie M. Orlov is a certified geriatric care manager and was a long-time member of the Philips Think Tank on Health & Well-Being.

About Link·age Connect:

The Link•age Connect Research and Consultancy Firm has conducted 65+ consumer market research for small and global companies alike. Their unique structure provides access to the aging population for work which includes focus groups, product testing, surveys and technology and other product development. Their expertise and unique research methods provide clients with valuable insights to improve their company’s products, messaging and marketing.

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