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Digital literacy may reduce cognitive decline in older people

People aged between 50 and 89 who use email or are internet “literate” perform better in memory and cognitive tests, a recent study shows.

Researchers from the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina in Brazil followed 6442 participants aged 50–89 for eight years. Three tests were administered to measure cognitive function and decline. Current internet users actually improved their delayed recall capability, with 8.63% better function than non-users.

Other positive factors were an absence of diabetes and fewer depressive symptoms.

Read more at Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

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