Older males could reduce their risk of dementia by spending more time on the computer, according to research from the University of Western Australia. It has been claimed that using the technology can reduce the chance of developing dementia among men by up to 40 per cent. Dr Osvaldo Almeida, co-author on the study, said: "If our findings are correct, the increase in the number of cases of dementia over the next 40 years may not be as dramatic as is currently expected." Computers help to reduce the risk of dementia by keeping individuals cognitively stimulated, which is important for healthy brains. The study's findings were identified as being purely based on computer use, and the decline in risk could not be attributed to age, education, social isolation, depression or overall health.
This means that older adults should consider engaging with technology, including computers are brain training should they want to keep their minds active. Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.