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dc.contributor.authorOfei-Dodoo, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorMedvene, Louis J.
dc.contributor.authorNilsen, Kari M.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Rachel A.
dc.contributor.authorDiLollo, Anthony
dc.identifier.citationOfei-Dodoo, Samuel; Medvene, Louis J.; Nilsen, Kari M.; Smith, Rachel A.; DiLollo, Anthony. 2014. Exploring the potential of computers to enrich home and community-based services clients' social networks. Educational Gerontology, vol. 41:no. 3:pp 216-225en_US
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dc.description.abstractOlder persons receiving services in community settings, rather than Nursing Homes, are at risk of social isolation. Computer mediated communication offers technological resources that recipients of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) might use to reduce their social isolation. The present study involved personal interviews with 40 HCBS clients regarding their interest in communicating with members of their social networks and using computers. At the time of the interview, 30 of the 40 participants did not use computers and reported cost, lack of training, physical limitations, lack of interest and access, and fraud as the reasons for not using computers. After watching a videotape illustrating an easy-to-use computer interface that allows older persons to communicate with families and friends, 90% reported that it would be helpful for people like them. Participants said such a computer would be helpful because it would make communication with friends and family easy, it could accommodate visual and manual disabilities, and would be interesting. Eighty-five percent said they would use a system like the one they were shown if it were available to them.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francis Groupen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEducational Gerontology;v.41:no.3
dc.titleExploring the potential of computers to enrich home and community-based services clients' social networksen_US
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