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Seniors in Australia: computer access patterns and barriers
conference contributionposted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Janet Owens, Kaye Smith
Australia has an aging population with a subsequent increase in the number of people with acquired impairments who are at risk of being excluded from accessing technology. While technology can improve communication and information options for seniors, usage patterns and access barriers need to be assessed so that requirements can be met. This paper reports on the outcomes of a government funded study aimed at determining computer and Internet access use and barriers for seniors. Participants were 238 Seniors aged 60 and over who completed a survey; of these 30% indicated they had one or more impairments. Barriers identified related to cost; lack of information, training, access (at home or in the community), and interest; and attitudes related to age.