International Journal of Aging Research

Determinants of a Digital Divide Among Able-Bodied Older Adults: Does “Feeling Too Old” Play a Role?”

Research Article of International Journal of Aging Research Determinants of a Digital Divide Among Able-Bodied Older Adults: Does "Feeling Too Old" Play a Role?" Carol C. McDonough University of Massachusetts Lowell While younger adults have embraced internet technology, older adults have lagged behind in internet adoption. An age-based digital divide has developed globally. This is a concern because digital literacy is becoming an essential, rather than an optional, skill. This paper investigates the reasons why some able-bodied older adults with access to the internet choose not to use the internet. Previous studies of the age-based digital divide have identified income and education, and perceived need, as factors that influence internet use. This paper adds to knowledge on the age-based digital divide by studying the internet behavior of able-bodied older adults with internet access (rather than all older adults) and by investigating the association between “feeling too old to use the internet” and the internet use decision. This paper offers suggestions for bridging the age-based digital divide and discusses whether this divide will continue as younger adults, who are digital natives, become older adults. Funding: This study was supported by partial funding by the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science and the author’s overhead funds. This research received approval from the University’s Institutional Review Board. The author declares no potential conflicts of interest. Keywords: age-based digital divide, internet use, older adults, too old for internet use, ageism, senior centers, internet need, technophobia, internet benefits ...


Research Article of International Journal of Aging Research PSYCHIC DIAGNOSIS OF THE FAMILY CAREGIVER OF THE ALZHEIMER: CASE STUDY OF A BASIC HEALTH UNIT Milena Pereira da Silva¹ *, Jhonata Willian Amaral Sousa², Isabella Francilayne de Jesus Lima³, Débora Aline de Souza Ribeiro⁴, João Murilo dos Santos⁵. Centro Universitário - UNISÃOMIGUEL¹²³⁴⁵. Introduction: Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a chronic degenerative disease that compromises the physical, mental and social integrity of the elderly, and therefore leads to an increasing dependence on care, and almost always linked to family dynamics and performed at home. Objectives: The main objective of this research is to analyze the daily lives of family caregivers of patients with AD. Methodology: The qualitative approach was used. Data were collected in the municipality of Tamandaré/PE, through semi-structured interviews with ten family caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the interview, a structured questionnaire with closed-ended questions was applied, referring to the general and personal characteristics of each interviewee. For data analysis, the verbatim reports were fully transcribed, where relevant aspects were observed and organized into two categories: impact of diagnosis and challenges in caring. Results: The results showed that all coexistence and adaptation to this new reality modify the style and quality of life of those involved. The changes are significant and need to be understood and incorporated into the family routine. Negative emotional reactions involving impotence, fear and anger are common, besides a deep feeling of injustice. Conclusion: The study showed the need for assistance that includes all affected family members. The nurse should support and contribute to overcoming the difficulties faced from the moment of diagnosis to the most advanced stages of the disease. Keywords: Emotions, Alzheimer’s disease, caregivers ...


Review Article of International Journal of Aging Research INTEGRATIVE REVIEW STUDY: FACTORS RELATED TO METABOLIC SYNDROME IN THE ELDERLY Ana Cláudia Cavalcante da Silva1*, Analucia de Lucena Torres2, Luana Bertoldo Freitas de Andrade3, Mariana Carolini Oliveira Faustino4, Mariana Isabel Alexandre Moura5, Thayse Andressa Nascimento Silva6 1UFPE; 2UFPE; 3UFPE; 4UFPE; 5UFPE; 6UFPE. Introduction: Metabolic Syndrome (MS) is a set of pathological and physiological changes, defined by pre-established parameters, such as dyslipidemia, central adiposity, arterial hypertension and diabetes. Objective: To identify the scientific production of associated cardiovascular risk factors in elderly patients with MS. Methodology: This is an integrative review of the literature obtained by searching scientific articles in the LILACS, MEDLINE, SCIELO and BDENF databases, by crossing the descriptors Metabolic X Syndrome, Aged and Risk Factors. Inclusion criteria were articles that had a summary available online, published in the period from 2013 to 2017, focusing on the proposed theme. Review articles, books, book chapters, opinion articles, editorials, dissertations, theses, programs and government reports were excluded, and 8 articles were selected. Results: The findings showed that the regular practice of physical activity associated with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains contributes to the metabolic syndrome control. In addition to other important factors such as the diagnostic criteria that may vary according to the severity of MS. The criteria were established from some associations that work with the theme such as: National Cholesterol Education Program/Adults Treatment Panel - NCEP - ATP III (ATPIII) and International Diabetes Federtion (IDF), the first most used because it is not necessary to evaluate insulin resistance, thus making it more viable for the development of research. Conclusion: The study showed that there is a lack of knowledge regarding MS, since there are few organs that treat and study this problem, thus reflecting on the search ...


Research Article of International Journal of Aging Research SYSTEMATIZATION OF NURSING ASSISTANCE TO PATIENTS WITH DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE 2: EXPERIENCE REPORT Ana Cláudia Cavalcante da Silva1*, Analucia de Lucena Torres2; Luana Bertoldo Freitas de Andrade3; Mariana Carolini Oliveira Faustino5; Mariana Isabel Alexandre Moura 4; Thayse Andressa Nascimento Silva6 1UFPE; 2UFPE; 3UFPE; 4UFPE; 5UFPE; 6UFPE. Introduction Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (DM2) is the form found in 90 to 95% of diabetes cases characterized by defects in the action and secretion of insulin and in the regulation of hepatic glucose production. Insulin resistance and functional defect of beta cells appear early in the preclinical phase of the disease. Obesity is the main risk factor for triggering this pathology, considering that, in these cases, insulin resistance is usually the consequence. From this perspective, Systematization of Nursing Assistance (SNA) is essential for the care of patients with a diagnosis of DM2, as it ensures the promotion of systematic and continuous assistance, thus constituting a basis for selection for care interventions. Objective To analyze the importance of Systematization of Nursing Assistance in health promotion for patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2. Methodology Descriptive study of the experience report type, conducted from the academic experience in supervised curricular internship, from the Adult and Elderly Health discipline in Primary Care, with home visits together with the Family Health Strategy Team in municipality of Recife - PE, in June 2019. Results  With the practice of care planning from SNA, in DM2, it was possible to reach the following Nursing Process implementations: NANDA: Impaired skin integrity related to injury in the left lower limb evidenced by pain and loss of skin continuity after debridement. Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC): Will have wound healing in a timely manner without complications. Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC): Check for general weakness associated with chronic ...

Dr. Jong In Kim
Professor and Chairman, Institute for Longevity Sciences, Wonkwang University, South Korea

Dr. Emmanuel ANDRES
Professor of Internal Medicine; Head of the Department of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine in the University hospital of Strasbourg, University of Strasbourg, France

Dr. Karen V. Harper-Dorton
Professor, School of Social Work, West Virginia University, West Virginia 26506

Dr. Ferhan SOYUER
Professor, Nuh Naci Yazgan University Faculty of Health Sciences, Kayseri/Turkey

Dr. Akira Sugawara
Professor, Department of Molecular Endocrinology,Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Miyagi, Japan

Dr. Francisco López-Muñoz

Professor of Pharmacology, Director of International Doctorate School, Chairman of the Research Ethics Committee, and Assistant Director of Academic Staff at Camilo José Cela University, and Research Fellow at “Hospital 12 de Octubre” Research Institute (Madrid, Spain), and Portucalense Institute of Neuropsychology and Cognitive and Behavioral Neurosciences (INPP), Universidade Portucalense Infante Dom Henrique 

Dr. Diego Lacono
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Research Institute of New Jersey, NJ 07927

Dr. Ya-Lie Ku
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Department of Nursing, Fooyin University

Dr. Dorina Lauritano
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine – University of Milano”Bicocca”, Monza

Dr. Naohiro Hohashi
Professor, Division of Family Health Care Nursing, Department of Nursing, Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University

Dr. Bechor Zvi Aminoff
Professor, Geriatric Division, The Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel

Dr. Lia Ginaldi
Full Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine, Public Health, Life and Environment Sciences University of L’Aquila

Dr. Ufuk Çakatay
Professor, Department of Medical Biochemistry, Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

Dr. Fabio Monzani
Professor, Department of Clinical & Experimental Medicine, Section of Geriatrics and Gerontology, University Hospital of Pisa, Italy

Dr. Robert L. Clegg
Professor/Faculty Head, Health Administration Programs

Dr. Ian Martins
Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Dr. Kim L. Stansbury
Associate Professor/Director of MSW Program, Department of Social Work, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Dr. Putilov, Arcady A.
Chief researcher, Research Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Novosibirsk, Russia

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