Golden Agers Improve Their Health Spending Time on the Internet

Health Benefits from Surfing the Net

Googling is Good for Grandpa and Grandma, and the Nation

Googling, Binging and Yahooing are actually good for you. Who knew? Below, a couple of research projects at prestigious institutes show how.

Internet Usage Stimulates Your Brain and Enhances Brain Circuitry

A study by researchers at the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, who looked at brain activity during web searches, found that Middle-aged to older adults who regularly “surf the net” had greater stimulation of (decision making and complex reasoning areas of) the brain than peers who did not. It also discovered that simply reading a book cannot compare, when it comes to brain stimulation. The multitude of Internet’s choices requires decisions about what to click on to pursue more information, which engages important cognitive circuits in the brain.

A simple task like searching the Web appears to enhance brain circuitry in older adults; our brains are sensitive and can continue to learn.

Time Spent Surfing the Net Has the Potential to Reduce Health Care Costs

Inasmuch as the health care cost of dementia is as already high as those of heart disease or cancer, and is projected to double by 2040 — getting hooked on Google could not only save you and your family heartache and anguish – it could also save the nation a bundle.

Surfing the Internet Helps Reduce Senior Depression

In addition, studies by the Phoenix Center in Washington D.C. show that Internet use in the 55 and older group reduces depression by 20%. Depression affects millions of Americans 55 and up and costs the U.S. about $100 million every year in direct medical and workplace costs, with billions more spent on depression-related health care, suicide and mortality, and workplace costs. The potential for savings is enormous. And if earching the Internet for, say, an hour a day, could prevent or reduce depression, wouldn’t you do it?

If you’re reading this on your computer, smart phone or electronic tablet, you already know the benefits of the Internet for us Golden Agers. You know what fun it is to share your opinions on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You know the joy of speaking to a grandchild or an old friend from across town or across the ocean, while his or her face fills your screen. You stay in touch with friends and family via email. By Binging, Googling or Yahooing, you’ve become an expert on subjects ranging from the construction of the pyramids at Giza to training a ferret to do backflips. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about anything awaits your click.

Golden Agers Rock When it Comes to Social Sharing

The term “social searching” has come to mean many things to many people. At its most basic level, it’s simply keeping in touch with the people you care about. Jokes and cartoons zip back and forth among friends. We check in with them to see how they’re doing, and vice versa. Some families schedule a weekly or monthly Skype call. And some who can no longer get to their book discussion group or painting class still attend via Skype. What a wonderful world we live in!

So you owe it to yourself – and to your country – to get online and start searching the net.

If it seems overwhelming, check out your local senior center, church, or community college. Or find a 10-year-old kid to help you.




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