Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have learned that when senior citizens search the Internet, parts of the brain used for decision-making and complex reasoning are stimulated. Brain function improves.
Comparing brain activity during reading was compared to brain activity while on the Internet. Researchers found that folks with some prior Internet experience had more active brains while surfing. In contrast, people who were new to the Internet did not show increased brain activity while online. Scientists concluded that senior citizens should learn to use the Information Superhighway since it's likely to benefit their overall brain function and mental health.
The Internet also helps to keep older people from becoming too isolated. They are able to stay in touch with friends and family using VOIP and email, to order goods and services, and in some cases, obtain medical consultations. The video above is a production of the Dublin City Council that addresses e-isolation and computer training for older people.
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