Study: Using the Internet after retirement may help elderly maintain their mental sharpness.


Study: Using the Internet after retirement may help elderly maintain their mental sharpness.

A few keystrokes could help you keep your brain function as you get older.

While crossword puzzles and exercise are popular strategies to keep thinking skills strong in retirement, British researchers discovered that the Internet can also help seniors stay smart.

According to the study, those who used the Internet more after their professions ended scored significantly higher on cognitive, or thinking, tests.

Why this works, on the other hand, is still a mystery.

“To be honest, we have no way of knowing for sure. A variety of hypotheses have been proposed. We believe it has something to do with socializing. You are more engaged with people because of the internet and social media, perhaps at a period in your life when it is difficult to meet people or schedule physical meetings,” said research co-author Vincent O’Sullivan, a lecturer at Lancaster University in England.

In 2013, and 2015, the researchers examined the cognitive function of more than 2,100 Europeans who had retired in 2004.

Their professions began before computers were commonplace in many fields.

SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe) data were used in the study. The survey gathers information about elderly adults, such as their job history, socioeconomic position, and health.

After retirement, using the Internet was connected to a significant reduction in the rate of cognitive deterioration, with the link being stronger among women, according to O’Sullivan.

The study, however, did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

On a 10-word cognition test, retirees who utilized the Internet could recall 1.22 more words than those who did not.

Women who utilized the Internet on a regular basis remembered 2.37 more words than those who did not. Retired male Internet users remembered.94 words more on average than men who did not use the internet.

“These are only a few words. They only have one or two syllables. People start memorizing the first few words on the list because they come at you quickly,” O’Sullivan said of the test.

“And then you notice when you’re performing the test that you sort of get overloaded after a while,” he explained, “but then you probably missed some words in the second portion of the test.”

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