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Seniors who use a computer appear to be less depressed and have less chance of developing Alzheimer's.

This research was by done by Village Care of New York, a long-term care provider in Manhattan?s Greenwich Village. In 1998, researcher Kathleen Triche decided to look into the impact of the growing use of computers by seniors on the hypothesis that those using computers would report fewer depressive symptoms than non-users. She says, "Given the social and informational nature of older adults' computer practices?email, chat rooms and health information gathering, for example, it seemed likely that this would be beneficial to an individual's overall mental health."

She discovered that seniors who were computer users reported significantly fewer depressive symptoms. Other recent studies have shown that seniors who actively use their brains are less likely to develop dementia.

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