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CHRISTA D’SOUZA Says Being Old Enough To Be A Grandparent Doesn’t Mean You Are Computer Illiterate

Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA Says Being Old Enough To Be A Grandparent Doesn’t Mean You Are Computer Illiterate

  • UK-based GPs suggest just one in 25 people over 55 who are NHS-approved health apps
  • Christa D’Souza Says Apps Can Remind You To Take Pills And Check Symptoms
  • Columnist argues that the assumption that people can’t use a smartphone is dangerous for health


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It is the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail has had enough. It’s about time we call out those everyday moments when we’re being patronized because we’re no longer young…

I like an app. Who, frankly, isn’t? So it’s a real disappointment to read that doctors think that we older people are too fickle to deal with them.

I refer to a recent report by the Organization for the Review of Care and Health Apps, which shows that while GPs are happy to recommend NHS-approved health apps to one in ten people under 35, they recommend only one in 25 of those same apps. 55 and over and a minuscule in 50 over 65s.

Christa D'Souza (pictured) says the assumption that people over 55 can't use smartphones is not only condescending, but also dangerous to health

Christa D’Souza (pictured) says the assumption that people over 55 can’t use smartphones is not only condescending, but also dangerous to health

If you’re in your 70s and haven’t told your doctor about this handy technical method to remind you to take your pills and/or monitor your symptoms, that just proves the validity of these findings, doesn’t it?

May I remind you GPs who look like sixths that just because we’re old enough to be your grandparents doesn’t necessarily mean we’re illiterate with computers. If we don’t tell ourselves about these NHS apps, we will simply be forced to use one of the 400,000 random apps, most of which are not medically approved.

Assuming we have no idea how to use smartphones is not only patronizing, it is also dangerous to our health.

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