Computer, Cell Phone Use Linked To Better Health Among Older Generation
In other news on aging, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on the challenges that face the 5.5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s.
San Jose Mercury News:
Elders Who Use Tech Tools Feel Less Lonely, More Physically Fit, Stanford Study Finds
Forget bingo and shuffleboard. Use of computers and cellphones is linked to higher levels of mental and physical well-being among those over age 80, according to new Stanford research. And these elders — dubbed “the oldest old,” a generation typically ignored by the youth-obsessed tech industry — are motivated for the same reasons as digital-savvy millennials: to stay connected. (Krieger, 11/28)
Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Living With Alzheimer’s And The Fight To Combat It
For millions of Americans, this is their everyday reality. These people typically have some form of Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that affects cognitive functions such as memory, judgment and perception. Alzheimer’s disease has been rising since 1983, the year President Ronald Reagan named November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Fewer than 2 million Americans had the disease then, but today over 5 and a half million Americans live with Alzheimer’s. (Hansen, 11/29)