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As the U.S. elderly population grows, advances and improvements in: healthcare, technology, nutrition and lifestyle has increased the life span of this population. In general, older adults have an increased need for health information. The Internet is a tool providing timely access to this information. This study explored use of the Internet by older African American adults in seeking health care information. Ninety-three African American adults participated in this study. Eleven survey questions gathered data on demographics, use of computers, access to the Internet and use of the Internet in seeking health care information. Twenty-nine percent (25 out of 86) of African American adults over 55 reported using the Internet to seek health care information. This research concludes that opportunity exists to educate older African American adults on the informational resources available on the Internet that will help them in playing a part in maintaining their own physical well being.