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Updated on January 10, 2018

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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      Lisa 5 years ago from Central USA

      so true!

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      It's a wonderful world we live in now. I basically grew up with computers since 1968. But the way things are now, it will certainly allow the elderly to have a connection to a more social life. I found your hub very interesting. Voted up. Well done.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Suziecat7, great hub and great idea. I'm 66, got a laptop and the internet about 2 and a half yrs ago, and it has opened a wide world. The people where I bought have been exceptionally helpful in my problems. I would say to "older" people, buy your computer from a "Mom and Pop" place as opposed to the big box stores, where you will never find the same sales rep again. My sister and brother-in-law are in their 70s and are "resisting" but they have a laptop and when I visit I try to help, and of course my nephews and their friends help me. Thank you for the follow and a great hub.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Duchess - what a wonderful thing you did by teaching seniors to use the internet. Thanks for commenting.

      Army Mom - Good for them. Thanks for reading.

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      Army Infantry Mom 7 years ago

      This is a great Hub !!! A lot of valuable points you covered. My In-laws are getting a computor to go online and they are almost 70 !!! I think its great, especially since they don't see the Grandkids as much as they would like to. Now just to convince them to get a cam,..LOL

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      What a wonderful hub. I had an opportunity for 3 years to teach seniors how to use the computer/internet. Those who picked it up are still going strong. Some were not able to. But I quite agree with every single reason you have given. You are never too old to learn!

      Great hub

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      MagicStarER 8 years ago from Western Kentucky

      This is a great hub - you are so right, the internet could give seniors so much! But so many are afraid of it, or fear they won't know what to do. Maybe we can each find a senior to "adopt", and show them how to do it!

      (I am your new fan, btw! You write awesome hubs!) :)

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      suziecat7 8 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for stopping by. I've been trying to talk an old friend of mine into getting online but she is soooo stubborn. I think it's one of the best things that can be done to quell boredom and loneliness. Glad you agree.

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      breakfastpop 8 years ago

      Great hub, the internet is a godsend to seniors who may not be able to get out as often as they once did. It's a wonderful way to keep in touch with old friends and new. My experience with seniors is that they fear the technology, but with patience and a willingness to get them on the internet , it can be done and it is incredibly worthwhile.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Absolutely true...the brain stimulation of all that knowledge and information available on the internet will do a lot of good to seniors who are alone and homebound.

      super hub

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Catherine R 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Good topic for a hub - one I have been thinking of writing myself! You are so right. I think internet social network sites are especially good for housebound old folk who may be quite lonely. I know a number of old people who use dating sites which I think is great. Of course hubbing could be a fine hobby for many old folk who have got fine tales to tell and years of experience....... I wonder who the oldest hubber is.