The Role of Digital Media and Technologies and eHealth Literacy in Elderly Holistic Healthcare Practices

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Kirati Kachentawa


      The purpose of this study aimed to conduct a literature review on the role of digital media and technologies, as well as eHealth literacy in the elderly’s holistic healthcare practices, following that the researcher offered recommendations that might be implemented for Thai elderly people in form of academic article. In terms of article selection methods, researcher employed purposive sampling technique from research and academic articles published in widely recognized national and international databases in online format and available through Google scholar search between 2019 and 2023, finally, the 16 articles met the inclusion requirements was chosen. A review of research and academic papers revealed that media and digital technologies, including eHealth literacy skills, had an impact on the elderly’s holistic healthcare practices. However, the digital divide between seniors with and without gadgets that could connect to media and digital technologies remained a concern. In addition, there was the issue of inadvertent dissemination of fake news through chat applications, both in terms of who obtained and who sent such news. Furthermore, several studies have conclusively demonstrated factors other than digital media and technologies influenced senior citizens’ holistic healthcare practices. Self-efficacy perception and social support were discovered to be common factors. Traditional medicine and religious beliefs were applied in the Thai geriatric environment to promote holistic healthcare practices among them. Social support from family members, involvement in community activities, living simply, self-sufficiency, and those of working and earning a high wage were all taken into account.

Keywords: Digital media and technologies, eHealth literacy, The elderly, Holistic Healthcare Practices



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