Newser: Senior Technology Helps Brains Stay Young

Author: Michael Harthorne

Whether your parents and grandparents are aging in place, or thinking of a senior living community, technology can be beneficial for any senior no matter the stage, especially when it can improve their mental health.

Teaching mom and dad to use Facebook and Instagram may make you want to yank out your hair, but it could help keep parents mentally fit as they age, according to new research out of Austria. People over the age of 50 scored better on cognition tests in 2012 than similarly aged people just six years earlier, Quartz reports. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis think the credit for that improvement—in general, 2012 scores were comparable to the scores of someone four to eight years younger in 2006—can perhaps go to seniors’ increasing use of cellphones and computers over the past decade…