Background: Demographic aging has led to an increase in the prevalence of different diseases including the so-called geriatric syndromes (GSs) as depressive symptoms (DSs). The mobile phone (MP) use in old age may provide benefits as in the prevention of the development of GS, like DS. Therefore, promoting MP use could be relevant as a strategy for successful aging. Objectives: The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of MP use and its association’s between DS in community-dwelling adults aged 60 years or older. Methods: A cross-sectional study including 100 participants aged 60 years or older, recruited from geriatrics clinics of a tertiary care university-affiliated hospital in 2017. Participants underwent a comprehensive geriatric assessment with which information about MP use and DS diagnosis was obtained. Regression analyses adjusted for confounding variables were determined to establish the association between the MP use and DS diagnosis. Results: Mean age was 68 years (standard deviation = ± 6.4). MP use rate was 55%. After adjusted by age, sex, civil status, > 3 pathologies, and Mini-Cog, multiple logistic regression analyses showed a statistically significant association between MP use and DS (p < 0.05). Conclusions: The prevalence of MP use is higher in West Mexican elders and adults 60 years old or older who used MPs had 70% of lower probability of having a diagnosis of DS after adjustment. These results suggest that the use of MP could have a positive influence on the mental health of the elderly.

Palabras clave: information and communication technology elderly depressive symptoms mobile phone.

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Vol. 4 Núm.1. Enero-Junio 2018 Pags. 23-28 J Lat Am Geriatric Med 2018; 4(1)