New Research Shows That Senior Citizens Rarely Consult Dr. Google For Medical Advice


Senior citizens are in utmost need of medical attention on this globe. In the era of science and technology, there is no such information that is unreachable. However, a recent study shows that senior citizens rarely take the help of internet to resolve health issues.

A report that was published on Tuesday in American Medical Assn. found that 18 percent participants got health information online in the year 2014. The participants participated in the National Health and Aging Trends Study.

About 60 percent of the adults of all ages have said the Pew Research Center that they consult Dr. Google once a year. This percentage includes 35 percent who totally rely on the web to diagnose or analyze their own ailments or resolve the maladies of the people they know.

Several Medicare beneficiaries in the aging trends have been completing annual surveys on how frequent they are in using the web to get their medical problems solved. This research started in the year 2011. In the first year, it was found that 64 percent of the survey participants had computers and 43 percent of the participants were hooked up to the internet. The survey takers had the average of 75.

It is stated that the senior citizens had way better things to do than searching ways to prevent diabetes, heart attack or any other ailments online. In the earlier days, email and internet banking seemed more enticing.

Not many were concerned about finding ways to improve their health by doing online research. It was found that among 7,609 participants; only 16 percent said that they had the interest to learn something about health online. 7 percent used the internet to connect to the doctors, 8 percent used the internet to fill prescriptions and 5 percent dealt with their insurance claim online.

If combined, it was seen that only 21 percent of the senior citizens who were surveyed in 2011 took the help of the internet to improve their health conditions according to the JAMA report.


There was a rise of the figure to 25 percent from 21 percent in the year 2014. Although the change was small but definitely showed that senior citizens gradually showed interest.

There were some senior citizens who went online to find out health-related reasons as compared to others. The college graduates were 7 times more likely to improve their health issues by searching information online.

It was seen that the seniors who rated their medical condition as “excellent” took the help of internet for the sake of their health than the seniors who rated their medical condition as “poor”.

Study authors are pretty concerned about the seniors as they do not take the advantage of the health information available online. It not only saves money but also time. Certain ailments do not require medicines and can be easily treated at home. These things can be only known if online help is taken.

The authors, all from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston wrote, “Digital health is not reaching most seniors”.