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Home > Arhiva > 2018 > Numar: 2 > In Romania, Elderly People who Most Need ICT are those who are Less Probable to Use It

 In Romania, Elderly People who Most Need ICT are those who are Less Probable to Use It

    by:
  • Monica Dascălu (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Măgureanu Street, District 5, Bucharest, +4021/311.21.68, E-mail: monica.dascalu@drd.unibuc.ro)
  • Anda Rodideal (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Măgureanu Street, District 5, Bucharest, +4021/311.21.68, E-mail: anda.rodideal@drd.unibuc.ro)
  • Lavinia Popa (University of Bucharest, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, 9 Schitu Măgureanu Street, District 5, Bucharest, +4021/311.21.68, E-mail: lavinia.popa@drd.unibuc.ro)

In the context of a globally ageing society, information and communication technologies (ICT) have a significant social potential for improving the quality of life of older people and maintaining the balance of the entire society. However, the impact of ICT is not as higher as expected from this perspective. The article analyses the ICT usage among older Romanian. While most sophisticate explanations regarding the low ICT adoption look towards computer anxiety, cognitive impairment and lack of knowledge, it seems that in Romania the main obstacle regarding ICT adoption remains still the basic one: no access. Scientific literature emphasizes the benefits of ICT for older people in terms of lower costs of healthcare assistance, reducing isolation and higher security regarding health risks and accidents. However, within older Romanian, people with low income, who live alone and have health issues are the less probable to use ICT.

Keywords: technology adoption, ICT, gerontechnology