92% of those over 70 say they are comfortable with telehealth
When it comes to telehealth, the stereotype is that it is something preferred and used by younger people. But a survey of adult behavior by Independa, a health care technology company, found that adults over 70 had a high comfort level with telehealth and preferred having it as an option.
Of those surveyed, 93% of adults over 70 said they would like to have a telehealth option, compared with 84% who said the same thing last year. Nearly 86% of older adults had a telehealth appointment in the last year, compared with 75% in 2021. Of those who had a telehealth appointment, 85% enjoyed the experience, compared to 74% the year prior.
Other key findings include:
"The pandemic isn't over, but regardless, the new norm is to deliver more flexible, more personalized, more cost effective and more convenient health and wellness options in the home in general, but particularly for older adults," said Kian Saneii, founder and CEO of Independa, in a statement.
Survey respondents were also asked about their technology habits. Two out of three people responded that they were only a little bit technically savvy, yet two-thirds found setting up telehealth appointments to be easy. When asked which screen devices older adults are most adept at using, the television was by far the highest ranked device. In fact, the survey found that 94% of older adults watch TV every day, with nearly 10% watching TV for over 9 hours per day.