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Age no barrier: older patients benefit from digital therapy

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The International Journal of Aging and Society is looking to dispel the misconception that older generations don't engage with digital health (our research shows they often surpass the younger generations -Ed.).

“This is an important study as it confirms that digital health is not just for millennials and shows how technology is being embraced by older people too,” Sarah Bateup, co-author of the study and chief clinical officer at Ieso Digital Health, whose technology was used in the study, said in a statement. “Online therapy (IECBT) offers an opportunity to reach older adults who are less likely to be referred for psychological therapy by their general practitioner. Older people are much more vulnerable to mental health problems compared to younger adults. Two out of 10 older men (22 percent) and almost one third of older women (28 percent) are affected by depression, compared to one in five adults in the general population.”

When considering digital health, make sure to both target the older generations and accommodate their relative lack of understanding of the underlying platforms.

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