If younger relatives call you a digital dinosaur – do not scoff that life’s too short to learn how to navigate the technology. Regular use of the internet makes it less likely you will develop dementia. a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society suggests. Researchers tracked 18,154 adults between the ages of 50 and 65 over about eight years. They did not have dementia when the study period began. Those who used the internet frequently at outset – to semd emails, make purchases or book travel, for example – were roughly half as likely to develop dementia than people who were not internet users. Those who spent two hours or less a day online had the lowest risk. Oddly, researchers observed that people who spent six to eith hours a day suffered a high risk – though the numbers were not statisticallly significant and the finsing needed further investigation.

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