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This report examines the connection between information and news consumption and the wellbeing of 562 older Australians living in the national capital. It explores how their use and perceptions of news have changed over their lifetime and identifies some of the barriers and opportunities for older Canberrans to staying informed.

Key findings:

  • Older Canberrans are among the highest news consumers in the country.
  • Television is the most popular source of news for older Canberrans.
  • There is high confidence with email, but low confidence with video apps.
  • Privacy concerns are the biggest barrier to using the internet.
  • News provides important social connection.
  • People living with cognitive limitations are more likely to feel isolated without news.
  • News is less relevant and trustworthy that ten years ago.


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