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FERREIRA, Maria Aparecida Santana  e  ALVES, Vicente Paulo. Social representation of the elderly in the Distrito Federal and their social inclusion in the modern world from the Internet. Rev. Bras. Geriatr. Gerontol. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.4, pp. 699-712. ISSN 1809-9823.

Being the study of Internet use by the elderly a recent theme in gerontology, this article reports a study that took into account the inclusion of the elderly in the society of information technology and communication (TIC) from the theory of social representation of the elderly, who residing in the Federal District and access the Internet. Aims to discuss and analyze the construction of social representations of elderly residents in the Federal District on the Internet, searching to verify that the elderly are following the profound social transformations of informational and communicational technologies. The methodology adopted is observation, semi-structured interview, the program ALCESTE for content analysis that counts the number of elementary context units (UCE), which correspond to the idea of phrase more calibrated according to the size of text, measured in number of words and analyzed according to the order of priority. It was found that there is a disruption of the negative view that aging is a fatality and a time of loneliness, because new possibilities are opened for the elderly with the Internet, you can enter them in the contemporary world, allowing the to create new links new friendships and social interactions.

Palavras-chave : Elderly; Internet; Aged; Computer Literacy; Social Representation.

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