Mobile technologies are becoming ubiquitous in the world, changing the way we communicate and provide patient care and services. Some of the most compelling benefits of mobile technologies are in the areas of disease prevention, health management, and care delivery. For all the advances that are occurring in mobile health, its full potential for older adults is only starting to emerge. Yet, existing mobile health applications have design flaws that may limit usability by older adults. The aim of this paper is to review barriers and identify knowledge gaps where more research is needed to improve the accessibility of mobile health use in aging populations. The same observations might apply to those who are not elderly, including individuals suffering from severe mental or medical illnesses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021


  • Design considerations
  • mHealth
  • mobile health
  • mobile technology
  • older adults


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