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Using Google Could Decrease Risks Of Dementia Amongst Grey Surfers

A recent study has revealed that searching the internet may prove beneficial for the elderly as it increases their brain activity and helps in preventing the onset of conditions like dementia.

The research conducted by scientists at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that not only does searching the internet serve as a recreational activity for the brain; it has the potential of reversing certain age related conditions that can result in dementia.

Explaining the significance of the research, Gary Small from UCLA mentioned “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.”

The research apparently found that surfing the internet resulted in activating key centres of the brain that are primarily responsible for cognitive functions like decision making and advanced reasoning.

It is important to note that dementia is often held responsible for many deaths amongst the elderly and in Britain alone, around 60,000 deaths a year are attributed to it.

The finding of research comes across as a fresh breath of hope for elderly who now have a chance to avoid conditions like dementia by being more active on the internet.

Our Comments

The use of technology to make the elderly population healthier is going to be particularly crucial and will have some wide-ranging impact on other sectors including health care and the economy. Keeping the mind active using readily available tools like websites or gaming consoles is not only easier to implement but also, vitally, cheaper.

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(Daily Mail)

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.