92% of those over 70 say they are comfortable with telehealth.
When it comes to telehealth, the stereotype is that it is preferred and used by younger individuals. But results from a survey of adult behavior by Independa, a health care technology company, found that adults older than 70 years had a high comfort level with telehealth and preferred having it as an option.
Of those surveyed, 93% of adults older than 70 years said they would like a telehealth option compared with 84% who said the same thing in 2022. Approximately 86% of older adults had a telehealth appointment in the past year compared with 75% in 2021. Of those who had a telehealth appointment, 85% enjoyed the experience compared with 74% in 2020.
Other key findings include the following:
“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,” Kian Saneii, founder and CEO of Independa, said in a statement.
Survey respondents were also asked about their technology habits. Two-thirds of respondents said they were only a little technically savvy, but two-thirds also found setting up telehealth appointments easy. When respondents were asked which screen devices they were most adept at using, the television was by far the highest-ranked device. In fact, survey results found that 94% of older adults watch television every day, with nearly 10% watching television for more than 9 hours per day.