The young rule the Internet. Studies show that those who are online are primarily in the 18 to 44 year old demographic. This is slowly changing as baby boomers are becoming more technologically savvy. But what about the elderly? There are numerous reasons and benefits to familiarizing and hooking up an elderly relative to the World Wide Web. Seniors are often more enthusiastic than you might think and may only need a helping hand to get started.
Health Care Information - Senior citizens could take a more active role in the health care process. The Internet would enable them to educate themselves about treatment opion for their condition. Rather than leaving their care strictly in the hands of relatives and physicians, they would be better equipped to ask more questions and make more informed choices. By being more informed through internet access, seniors can communicate with confidence which could lead to better healthcare.The Internet also offers an excellent amount of information about nutrition and alternative medicine.
Staying In Touch - The Internet provides a vehicle for people to stay in touch with each other. For the elderly this, in itself, is a crucial reason for them to be online. Not only can seniors communicate with loved ones by e-mail, they can learn instant messaging for real time talking. This is particularly helpful when communicating with younger relatives. They are more likely to share with grandma or grandpa via the Internet. Seniors might also be prompted to set up a Facebook account where they can keep track of everybody's daily lives.
Stimulating The Brain - Scientists have for years believed that continuous mental stimulation can ward off dementia and slow the decline in cognitive reasoning. They have recommended that senior citizens do word games and puzzles to keep their mind exercised and sharp.Now, in a new UCLA study, it has been found that seniors with internet experience show enhanced brain activity compared to those that don't. According to the report, complex reasoning and decision-making are the areas of the brain most affected.
Something To Look Forward To - Particularly for housebound or disabled seniors, the Internet can provide reprieve from long empty days. Rather than face hours of idle time to fill, seniors can boot up and find a varied and stimulating world online. Wherever their interests lie, others somewhere share them. There are forums to participate in, armchair travelling to do, games to play and news from around the globe. For many elderly, being online can repel loneliness.
Adding Wisdom - You don't grow old without attaining wisdom along the way. Seniors can add texture and knowledge to the internet world. They could teach an online class or write their words of wisdom and advice in a blog. The potential contributions of the senior population are priceless. From cooking and crafts to folklore and medicine, the Internet would surely be a better place should more of our elderly citizens become involved.
Of course, seniors would have to be trained in the basic use of a computer. Someone will have to purchase it and set it up. Some seniors will resist, lacking confidence in their ability to grasp the technology. But in the long run, the effort will pay off. It could mean a happier and healthier lifestyle for those you love.
Computer Swallowed Grandma
The computer swallowed grandma,
Yes, honestly it's true.
She pressed "control" and "enter"
And disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm.
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
I've searched through the recycle bin
And files of every kind:
I've even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked Jeeves
My searches to refine.
The reply from him was negative,
Not a thing was found "online".
So, if inside your "Inbox",
My Grandma you should see,
Please "Copy", "Scan" and "Paste" her
And send her back to me.
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