Could technology bring better sex-ed to senior U.S. adults?

Could technology bring better sex-ed to senior U.S. adults?

Infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases keep climbing among senior Americans.

There is a notable gap in technology adoption among senior U.S. adults, and it could be causing STD rates to peak.

Seniors in the U.S. are not getting along with technology, and that´s becoming an important problem for their health and productivity, as the senior population and technology trends grow at possibly the same rate, but apart.

This gap between the elder population and the Internet is having consequences, and one of them is seeing STDs (sexual transmitted diseases) propel among senior citizenship.

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Just between 2007 and 2011, chlamydia infections among Americans 65 and over years old increased by 31%, while syphilis did the same by 52% in the same time lapse, proving that the information breach offering information about safe sex is not getting through to old adults.

According to the CDC’s sexually transmitted disease surveillance report for 2016, there were 82,938 cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia reported among Americans 45 and older last year, that is about a 20% increase over 2015.

Technology to the rescue

Having seen these factors, companies and startups such as PornHub, Uber and Hometeam are ideing solutions to solve this information gap, for example, the internet´s top porn site just launched a program where folks over 65 can learn about STD´s, sexual behavior and protection methods to avoid a larger span of adults contracting a disease, remembering that as you get older, these type of diseases can be deadlier for them.

As for Uber, the cab-ride company teamed up with Common Courtesy Inc. in May of 2016 to create a compact and useful model that could benefit the aging citizens and ease the way they learn how to use the app and its different benefits, helping older people move easier across their city and optimizing the way they use public transportation, surpassing a series of difficulties and obstacles that come with age like blindness and difficulty to walk across busy sidewalks and rough streets.

When it comes to care at home, a New York start-up like Hometeam studied the diverse characteristics of health-care at home and found out that it was getting harder and harder for adults to contact these type of services regarding nursing at home in the “Big Apple”, understanding that if their kids, a generation with much more digital understanding, did not help out, seeking for the adequate attention would be much more challenging in an industry worth over 40 billion dollars, as 1 in 3 U.S. adults is a caregiver to an elderly person.

Seniors on the rise

Aging seniors are set to outrun the young U.S. population.

By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 or older, expanding the size of the older population to the point of having 1 retirement aged person for every 5 residents.

Read here on how 2030 is set to become a transformative decade for the U.S.


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