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Many of the seniors we work with have mixed feelings about computers. They want to stay in touch with family and friends. Yet they don't understand the seemingly endless complexity and problems of owning and maintaining a computer and connecting to the Internet.
Now there is mounting evidence that computer use may also help prevent memory loss or even dementia. So, maybe all that trouble is worth it! Maybe, just maybe, learning how to deal with "that darned computer" is part of the preventative effect.
Several recent studies have show a direct correlation between computer use and a reduced incidence of dementia. You can review a few of them at these links:
The common theme in all the research, like with most dementia care research, is "further study is needed." But, I'm a big believer in the old adage, "where there's smoke, there's often fire." It's hard to ignore all the studies and evidence that show computer use helps prevent dementia, even if the reasons why aren't completely understood.
There are actually web sites developed by neuroscientists to help you exercise your brain to enhance your cognitive function. One is called Lumosity.com and the other is BrainHQ. You can try out both for free, but there is a monthly fee of about $14-$15 to access all of their capabilities over time. Finally, AARP's web site offers some free brain games.
If you live in Western Montgomery County or Upper Bucks County want some help buying, setting up, using, or even fixing your computer, Seniors Helping Seniors can help. Brad has over 20 years of experience in many aspects of training computer users of all ages and skills as well as experience with dementia care.