Australian older adults' views on using social media for reducing social isolation and loneliness in hearing impaired older adults: A community conversation
Australasian Journal on Ageing
School of Medical and Health Sciences
Objective(s): The objective of this study was to conduct a community conversation to identify the views of the community members when designing an online community using Facebook to support the psychosocial well-being of hearing-impaired older adults. Methods: A community conversation was held with 40 older adults aged more than 60 years. The participants were divided into groups of five and asked to discuss three open-ended questions. The researchers facilitated the discussions. Results: The overwhelming response from this group was that they did not use Facebook or social media as a tool for social connection and did not see the benefits of social media applications. They preferred phone calls or in-person events to maintain their social relationships. Conclusions: Implications for areas of future research and interventions that target loneliness in older adults are discussed.
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Jayakody, D. M., Tan, Y. M., Livings, I., Costello, L., Flicker, L., & Almeida, O. P. (2022). Australian older adults' views on using social media for reducing social isolation and loneliness in hearing impaired older adults: A community conversation. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 41(4), 585-589. https://doi.org/10.1111/ajag.13137