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The Positive Effects of Internet Usage in Older Adults

New research suggests that time spent perusing the Internet may actually reduce the probability of depression in older adults by as much as 33 percent. Early research on Internet usage and older adults has found mixed results, with some studies suggesting health benefits and others being inconclusive—probably, in part, due to small sample size. However, new research published in the...

Subtypes of Older Adults on the Internet

Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of computer and Internet users, but little is known about this segment of users. Are older adult Internet users a relatively homogenous population, as suggested in early research on Internet use in later life? Conversely, might the growing population of older users be becoming more diverse? Since agencies, governments, and businesses are...

Technology & Social Connections for Rural Older Adults

Researchers are exploring the use of laptop and table computers to enhance the social connectedness of older adults in rural South Australia. The researchers are interested in the intersection of three sociological trends: population aging, the ongoing urbanization of the world’s populations, and the increasing use of computer technology as a medium of communication. A report of...

Can World of Warcraft Improve Cognitive Ability?

In the past few years, there have been exciting and promising studies involving interventions for improved cognitive performance. Some researchers hope that such interventions will one day be able to prevent or delay cognitive decline. Video game interventions, which attempt to improve cognitive ability through video game play, have drawn much attention and enthusiasm. A recent study...

Seeking Health Information May Contribute to (or Complicate) Healthy Aging

Due in part to increasing Internet use by agencies, medical clinics, and users of all age groups, there is a new wealth of health information available. In an era when focus on self-management of health has increased, it is important to understand how seeking information contributes to the health and well-being of older adults. A forthcoming article presents findings based on an...

How News Websites Convey Cognition & Aging Issues

Online news media significantly influences the public’s understanding of aging. This is particularly true of the cognitive aspects of aging, as over half of Americans report that they learn about cognitive health via news media. What, then, are people hearing about cognitive aging? A recent study analyzed online messaging about cognitive health, focusing on the top three US cable...

Using YouTube for Reminiscence Therapy (RT)

Reminiscence Therapy (RT) is a popular psychosocial intervention used with dementia patients enacted in a group setting. RT involves discussion of past experiences, often facilitated by pictures and other mementos. Although there is limited evidence of RT’s efficacy when used for specific cognitive issues, previous studies have found some benefit of RT for patient mood and caregiver...

VA Study Suggests Older Adults Interested in E-Health

Past studies suggest older adults have been using the Internet more frequently as a source for health information. Surveys from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, for example, indicate that an increasing number of older adults are using the Internet to find online health information. It is difficult, however, to determine how much interest the general older adult population...

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