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Monday, 19 October 2009

Web Helps to Slow Dementia

Jonathan Leake, Science Editor, Times Online says:

"GOOGLING is good for grandparents. Internet use can boost the brain activity of the elderly, potentially slowing or even reversing the age-related declines that can end in dementia, researchers have found.
Using brain scans, they found the internet stimulated the mind more strongly than reading, and the effects continued long after an internet session had ended.
“We found that for older people with minimal experience, performing internet searches for even a relatively short period of time can change brain activity patterns and enhance function,” said Gary Small, professor of neuroscience and human behaviour at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
In the research, Small and his colleagues worked with 24 men and women aged between 55 and 78. Half of them had used the internet a lot; the others had little experience. "

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article6879663.ece#

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3 comments:

  1. Its the same story isn't it.Use it ior lose it. Its nice to see a positive story about the internet rather than a negative one for a change

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  2. To sds1pg:

    Yes, indeed. With all this time we spend on our computers nowadays - it is re-assuring to know there is some good in it (possibly)! :-)

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  3. Thank you for this! Much reassuring! :-)

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