Survey: low use of health apps among seniors | Health

TUESDAY, Feb. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Three in 10 seniors use at least one mobile health app, according to results from the University of Michigan’s latest national survey on healthy aging.

Pearl Lee, MD, of the Institute for Health Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and colleagues conducted an online and telephone survey in August 2021 of 2,110 adults aged 50 to 80.

According to the survey results, more than half of seniors (56%) have never used a health app. Younger respondents (aged 50-64) were more likely than those 65 and older to have ever used a health app (49 vs. 38%). Top health apps used included those for exercise (34%), nutrition (22%), weight loss (20%) and sleep (17%). There were disparities in the use of mobile health apps by income and education level, with people with an annual household income ≥ $100,000 being more likely to use health apps than those with a household income

“Now that most older adults have at least one mobile device, health-related apps may provide an opportunity to support their health-related behaviors, manage their conditions, and improve health outcomes,” said Lee in a statement.

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