Older adults in the digital age in Latin America: bridging the digital age divide
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In recent decades, countries across Latin America have entered a stage of sustained population ageing. In parallel, changes associated with the rise of the digital society have profoundly transformed the way in which people in the region interact with each other and with their governments. This paper examines the use and appropriation of digital technologies among older adults in the region. In particular, it describes the evolution of Internet use by older adults in the region, using data from national household surveys; examines the determinants of Internet use among older adults, considering variables such as sex, ethnicity, education level and rural/urban residence using logistic regression analysis; and, lastly, highlights policies and programmes that are being implemented to promote the inclusion of older adults through the use of digital technologies.
TranslationLas personas mayores de América Latina en la era digital: superación de la brecha digital
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ECLAC SubtopicsAGEING ; INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES (ICTS)
United Nations SubtopicsAGEING PERSONS ; INTERNET ; INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ; COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY ; DIGITAL DIVIDE ; COMPUTER LITERACY ; HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS ; PROGRAMMES OF ACTION ; ICT INDICATORS
Country / RegionLATIN AMERICA