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Link-age Connect Technology 2021 Study Released

09/02/2021

ASON, Ohio, Sept. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Link-age Connect, the market intelligence arm of the three interconnected companies of Link-age, today announced the release of a new report: 2021 Technology Study, Older Adults Age 55-100. The study, conducted from April to June 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, provides a comprehensive look at technology use of adults aged 55 to 100, with nearly 93% of the 2,398 respondents falling between ages 70 and 100.

Side effect: Covid-19 Should Close Remaining Older Adult Tech Gap

The older adult coronavirus statistics skew toward oldest. There are more than 69 million people aged 60+ in the US. The oldest adults that appear to be at greatest risk dying from Covid-19 are not those of a specific age, but those in the oldest age ranges, particularly with 'underlying conditions.' From the CDC released April 8: Rates of hospitalization (4.6 per 100,000 of population) during the month of March indicated 13.5% of those hospitalized were aged 65+. And 90% of hospitalized patients identified through COVID-NET had one or more underlying conditions, the most common being obesity, hypertension, chronic lung disease, diabetes mellitus, and cardiovascular disease. The US statistics do what nearly all US data analysis does – 'older adult' equals 65+. But look at South Korea (in an article intended to make millennials nervous), the death rate in Covid-19 patients ages 80 and over was 10.4%, compared to 5.35% in 70-somethings, 1.51% in patients 60 to 69, 0.37% in 50-somethings.

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