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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 03:55 PM

Should grandma join Facebook? It may give her a cognitive boost, study finds

For older adults looking to sharpen their mental abilities, it might be time to log on to Facebook.

Preliminary research findings from the University of Arizona suggest that men and women older than 65 who learn to use Facebook could see a boost in cognitive function.


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-02/uoa-sgj022113.php

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Reply Should grandma join Facebook? It may give her a cognitive boost, study finds (Original post)
DavidDvorkin Feb 2013 OP
NMDemDist2 Feb 2013 #1
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #2
DavidDvorkin Feb 2013 #4
maxsolomon Feb 2013 #9
RebelOne Feb 2013 #3
DavidDvorkin Feb 2013 #5
HiPointDem Feb 2013 #6
RockaFowler Feb 2013 #7
Arkansas Granny Feb 2013 #8
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #10
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #11
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #12
Duer 157099 Feb 2013 #13

Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:00 PM

1. I know "Words with Friends" is making my old brain work harder n/t

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:00 PM

2. Your Grandkids want you to give it a try

Kids today don't know how to call, send a card, or write a letter. If you want to be part of their lives, join FB.

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Response to maxsolomon (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:12 PM

4. Family in general

Unfortunately, my only grandchild abhors Facebook. I don't know why.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:37 PM

9. Some people are reflexively anti

If it's popular, no thanks.

My stepson for instance. Wearing a shirt without holes? Too hipster.

My wife for instance won't join FB because she still hates the people she attended HS with 40 years ago.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:05 PM

3. This grandma has been a member of Facebook for the past 5 years.

Why do the writers of this article think that just because we seniors are over 65 are not aware of Facebook? I have been using computers since the 1970s and have been familiar with all social network websites.

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Response to RebelOne (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:13 PM

5. Same here

I started working with computers in 1967, but I do know people in my age range (I'm 69) who don't use computers or who use them as little as possible.

Not to mention the anti-Facebook bias that one hears from people of all ages, including here on DU.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:14 PM

6. so would doing almost anything give grandma a cognitive boost. i bet facebook sponsored

 

this research, and the PR release.

more grist for the 'spy-book' mill.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:15 PM

7. My Dad only plays the games on Facebook

And he keeps trying to get me to play them too. No Dad I don't want to play Wheel of Fortune!!

Oh and something else very funny - my Dad has no idea how to post something to someone's page. So he just writes it on his own and let's us try to decipher what he means. My sister and I laugh and laugh about it

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 04:19 PM

8. My kids are all over me to join fb, but it just doesn't appeal to me

I finally got them off my back by pointing out to them that I divorced their father many years ago and never remarried. I don't want 30+ years of old boyfriends looking me up on Facebook.

I think I can keep my cognitive skills sharpened in other ways.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:39 PM

10. Grandma has invited you to play Farmville

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:39 PM

11. Grandma has sent you a Candy Crush request

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:40 PM

12. Grandma has added you to the Group: Murder She Wrote

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 01:40 PM

13. You really want to give grandma a cognitive boost?

Drive her to a different part of town, maybe just a few blocks away, and tell her to find her way home.

(wait, that sounds mean. Not meant to be mean. Just saying that spatial orientation/finding way is the biggest boost to the part of the brain that declines with age).

Don't have a GPS for navigation, never will.

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