Health Caring of Elders by Digital Technology

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สุมิตรา โพธิ์ปาน
ปัทมา สุพรรณกุล


Technology in Thai elder health care has progressed continually in response to Thailand 4.0 policy and in preparation for aged society. This article aims to synthesize knowledge about technology in Thai elder health care in digital society. The article consists of three main parts: healthcare technologies, digital literacy, and challenges in developing learning and technological skills for Thai elders. Technology used in Thai elder health care could be divided into three groups:1)use of technology to manage personal health information; 2) utilization of application for health care; and 3) access to online health care services. Elders who can access these health care technologies need to have technological skills to be able to use, understand, and create correctly and appropriately. It is a challenge for health care staff to plan the development of learning and technological skills for elders, according to Lifelong Learning concept that emphasizes learning with consideration of individual difference. The process should begin with understanding of learners' needs and interest, followed by activities that provide direct experiences and link with daily life, with attention to opportunities for elders to practice self-directed learning according to their own potentials and scopes


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