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Internet Use Can Reduce Depression Risk in Elderly

A new study conducted by Michigan State University suggests information technology, specifically use of the Internet, among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent. Researchers followed the lives of thousands of retired older Americans, reviewing data collected by the Health and Retirement Survey, which collects information every two years. “It all has to do with older persons being able to communicate, to stay in contact with their social networks, and just not feel lonely,” said Sheila Cotton, Ph.D., who led the project. She also commented that how you use technology is important. As with most things in life, moderation is best.

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