Using the Internet to Keep Seniors' Brains Sharp

Thu Nov 5, 2009 2:10pm EST

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HILO, Hawaii, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A study by UCLA suggests that use of the
Internet by seniors helps to "stimulate and possibly improve brain
functioning." Dr. Gary Small, a professor at the Semel Institute for
Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA,  noted "Internet searching engages
complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain
function." MRI scans performed during the study showed significantly increased
brain activity when seniors performed Internet searches compared to when they
read books.

"The results of the study certainly make sense because surfing the Internet is
a much more interactive activity when compared to reading a newspaper or
watching TV." said Robert Olin, owner of Hale Pu'uhonua, an assisted living
facility in Kea'au. "Our residents are usually very reluctant to use computers
for fear of 'doing something wrong', but they really warm up to surfing the
Internet and using email once we show them how easy it is. It has turned out
to be a wonderful way to bridge the generation gap between seniors who are
accustomed to using letters and phone calls and their younger friends and
family members who are more likely to use email and webcams." according to Mr.
Olin. "Unfortunately, the world gets much smaller for many people as they age
and lose mobility. Using the Internet is a great way for our residents to
remain engaged and informed by being able to view photos from their families
and researching any topic that interests them".  More information about this
study can be found at

SOURCE  Hale Pu'uhonua

Robert Olin of Hale Pu'uhonua, +1-808- 982-5415,
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