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- January 6, 2017

Senior Focus

A BOOST FROM TECHNOLOGY ... Adults 80 and older who regularly use technology had higher levels of self-reported physical and mental well-being, according to a study from the Stanford Center on Longevity. Researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of 445 participants, ages 80 to 93, online and over the phone. Respondents were asked about their motivation for using information and communications technology, including cell phones, personal computers, video-streaming services and other digital applications. They also were asked how many devices they used and to rate their physical and mental well-being. "Critics say that people might not be able to connect with others as well as they used to because of the spread of new technologies, but there really is this bright side of technology, especially for older people, who may not have the opportunity to connect with many family members to the extent they want to due to physical limitations or geographical separation," said psychologist Tamara Sims, lead author of the research paper, which was published in the "Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences."

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