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ERIC Number: EJ799401
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Needs, Interests, and Limitations for the Promotion of Health and Exercise by a Web Site for Sighted and Blind Elderly People: A Qualitative Exploratory Study
Gusi, Narcis; Prieto, Josue; Forte, David; Gomez, Ignacio; Gonzalez-Guerrero, Jose-Luis
Educational Gerontology, v34 n6 p449-461 Jun 2008
The purpose of this study was to identify needs, interests, and obstacles related to obtaining health education by means of a Web site for elderly people who do not use the Internet. A total of 34 participants were divided into five discussion groups, one of which was made up of blind people. An analysis of the semantic content of the transcriptions of the focal groups' discussions was conducted. Most participants showed a willingness to receive health education (about nutrition, physical exercise, and quality of life) and learn to use the Internet. The main obstacles to the use of the Internet were the lack of free access and the fear of being swindled or becoming addicted to its use. The results suggest that a Web site can be a useful tool for promoting healthy habits such as physical exercise and to increase the circle of friends for normal and blind elderly people. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain