As a group, about 35 percent of baby boomers were interested in using their smartphone to learn about and better manage their own health, according to results from a survey conducted by academic researchers in late 2010. The survey, which consisted of responses from 469 consumers, 258 of which are baby boomers, only published its findings this month.
Researchers from Saint Louis University, Northern Arizona University, and George Mason University conducted the survey to determine which technologies the aging baby boomers are most ready to use to manage their health. The researchers were also interested in the difference between baby boomers and the younger generation, consumers aged 18 to 45 as well as the older generation, consumers over 65. The survey was conducted at the time when the oldest baby boomers were just beginning to turn 65 years old.
In the report, the researchers noted that baby boomers now make up the largest segment of the US population and around 60 percent of baby boomers have already been diagnosed with at least one chronic medical condition. Some of the more common conditions for this group include arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, osteoporosis, and hypertension. Keep reading>>