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Enhancing social engagement of older adults through technology

Michael T. Bixter1, Kenneth A. Blocker2 and Wendy A. Rogers2,    1Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States,    2University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL, United States

Abstract

Social engagement is a fundamental component of health and quality-of-life outcomes. Our goal in this chapter is to assess the relationship between social engagement and health outcomes for older adults, specifically with respect to the role technology can play in supporting and facilitating social engagement. Social engagement technologies include established forms of electronic communication such as email and social networking sites (e.g., Facebook), as well as emerging technologies ...

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