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Nonagenarians help fellow seniors keep up with technology

June 19, 2012

While seniors today are more familiar with technology than in years past, there are some who may be still trying to keep up. Luckily, there are people like Isabella Dryden and Jean Johnson, two seniors who work to bring their fellow retirees up to speed, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

Dryden and Johnson, both in their 90s, have made learning the latest technology a priority and have helped their peers do the same. The duo teaches a computer class at an agency in Canada that offers interactive courses to local seniors, and have been doing so for decades.

"There are two things in life that are important to me - one is education and the other is volunteering," Dryden told the newspaper. "I think it's a privilege to be a teacher and I think it's a privilege to be a volunteer and both of those activities give me a great deal of joy."

Dryden and Johnson may be doing more for their students than simply helping them keep up with the times, they may be encouraging healthy aging. A recent study from the Mayo Clinic suggests computers, when combined with moderate exercise, can help stave off age-related memory loss.