Internet Use Among The Elderly in Africa: The Extent of Its Impact on Their Quality of Life (QOL) with Uganda as a Case Study
Including the aging and aged populations of Sub Saharan Africa into the digital era carries the advantage of helping them continue to live happier, more active, more productive and with less isolation for the rest of their lives. The level of internet (/ICTs) penetration into African rural villages is still low.This study basically aims toestablish the level at which the elderly in African rural areas use internet and the extent to which this use helps boost their Quality of Life (Qol). A sample of 1340 elderly persons aged 60+ years was studied and results thereof analyzed using a combination of descriptive statistics, Chi –Square test(χ2)and Logit Regression models. Results indicate that on average, only 38% of the rural aged (60+) are able to meaningfully take advantage of the internet/ICTs in SSA and thus able to improve their QoL. And of this group, the majority (81%) is males. This indicates that SSA Governments need to craft a deliberate policy of increasing internet accessibility and userability to the elderly to help them improve their QoL.
Keywords - Sub – Saharan Africa, Socioeconomic welfare, Quality of Life (QoL), Social Capital, Social Network, Elderly, Uganda, the developing world, ICTs, World Health Organization (WHO)