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Company aims to make seniors more tech-savvy

June 6, 2012

Many of today's seniors are more technologically-inclined than generations past, but there are still some who may need a refresher course in getting up to speed with the latest technological advancements. Luckily, Connected Living, a Massachusetts-based company, has been going to area retirement communities to help seniors keep up with new gadgets and websites, The Washington Times reports.

The company is run by CEO Sarah Holt, who says even simple activities like uploading and sharing photos, navigating Facebook and playing games online can have a big impact on seniors' lives. Additionally, she believes her company helps reverse some long-held beliefs about older adults.

"The first thing I hear everywhere I go is, 'Oh, seniors don't like technology. They don't want to do that,'" she told the newspaper. "Well, yes, actually they do."

Programs such as those offered by Connected Living may offer more benefits on top of helping seniors stay connected to family members. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic found regular exercise combined with computer use may improve older adults' mental function and reduce the risk of developing memory loss.

The study looked at 926 people between the ages of 70 and 93, and found that around 18.3 percent of the subjects who exercised and used the computer showed signs of mild cognitive impairment. If they did neither, the number rose to 37.6 percent.

Outside of computer use, there are other forms of technology that may play a role in healthy aging. In particular, a study out of Australia found video games that encourage fitness tend to improve seniors' balance and reduce the risk of falls, according to ABC News.