‘Ram’ memory saves real memory in older men

OK, guys, let’s get going on passing the word and waking up other sleeping sheeple.

New research suggests that computer use can lower the risk of dementia by up to 40 percent in men.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Having access to a personal computer lowers or decreases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older men by up to 40 per cent, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Winthrop Professor Osvaldo Almeida and his colleagues undertook an eight-year study of more than 5000 Perth men aged from 65 to 85. The results are published in the journal PLoSOne.

Professor Almeida is Research Director at the UWA-affiliate, the Centre for Health and Ageing.

“As the world’s population ages, the number of people experiencing cognitive decline and dementia will increase to 50 million by 2025,” he said. “But 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.”

Professor Almeida said previous studies showed that cognitively-stimulating activities decreased the risk of dementia but there was little evidence on the likely effect of computer use over many years.

“So it got us thinking, with personal computer ownership on the increase, could it make a difference? We found that it did, and that there was a significant benefit,” he said.

The researchers found that computer users were younger than non-users, had completed at least high school, had a more active social network and were less likely to show evidence of depression or poor physical health.

They found that the risk of dementia was about 30 to 40 per cent lower among older computer users than non-users and that their findings could not be attributed to age, education, social isolation, depression, overall health or cognitive impairment.

Older people should therefore be encouraged to embrace computer technology as long as they understand the dangers of prolonged physical inactivity and the many advantages of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, the authors write.

The research is part of Australia’s longest-running longitudinal study of men’s health and ageing. It has been following a group of more than 19,000 men since 1996.

Media references

Christianne White (WA Centre for Health and Ageing) (+61 8) 9224 2993 / (+61 4) 15 213 661
Michael Sinclair-Jones (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 00 700 783


2 responses to “‘Ram’ memory saves real memory in older men

  1. Have you noticed how the Lame stream media is always badmouthing people on the internet, they know that the truth is coming out and that does not fit their agenda. All the pundits have extensive staff scouring internet for them so why are they badmouthing internet, they use it more that we do. LOL Same ol’ crap.


  2. I forgot to mention an important thing, do not sit “all day” it is important to get up at least every hour or so and walk around or go get a cup of coffee, as a matter of fact, check out this little piece of info about coffee: http://techtalk.pcpitstop.com/2012/09/14/coffee-eases-computer-pain/?coffeecomputerpain=
    Set you cell phone timer or an egg timer to go off once an hour and walk around.


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