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Published Online: 3 June 2020

Factors Associated with Older Adults' Long-Term Use of Wearable Activity Trackers

Publication: Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume 26, Issue Number 6

Abstract

Background: Wearable activity trackers (WATs) have the potential to improve older adults' health; yet, many adopters of WATs are not able to use them on a long-term basis.
Methods: A survey was conducted with an online panel of adults 65 and older (N = 214) to explore factors associated with long-term use of WATs, including initial adoption motivations, usage patterns, as well as differences in sociodemographic factors, health status, and activity levels.
Results: Results from the logistic regression analysis indicated that being a long-term WAT user was significantly associated with using a wider variety of WAT functions, wearing WAT every day, being female, exercising more frequently, having higher education, not engaging in step count competition, and not having chronic conditions.
Conclusions: Understanding long-term use of WATs among older adults is important given that this technology is prone to be abandoned quickly after initial adoption and such abandonment negates its potential in supporting long-term health behavior change. Findings of this study will inform innovative WAT designs that afford long-term use and offer helpful strategies for future interventions using WATs among older adults.

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cover image Telemedicine and e-Health
Telemedicine and e-Health
Volume 26Issue Number 6June 2020
Pages: 769 - 775
PubMed: 31553281

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Published online: 3 June 2020
Published in print: June 2020
Published ahead of print: 25 September 2019
Accepted: 19 July 2019
Revision received: 16 July 2019
Received: 9 March 2019

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Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Anastasia Kononova
Department of Advertising and Public Relations, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Marie Bowen
College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.
Shelia R. Cotten
Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.

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Address correspondence to: Lin Li, MA, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, Rm 409, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA [email protected]
Wei Peng, PhD, Department of Media and Information, Michigan State University, Rm 409, 404 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA [email protected]

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We thank the Michigan State University Science and Society at State (S3) program for providing funding for this work.

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