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Social Workers that work with older people can support their clients in keeping their mental abilities by using Facebook. This is an idea that you should think about having a closer look at the results of a study from the University of Arizona.
Janelle Wohltmann, a graduate student in the UA department of psychology, set out to see whether teaching older adults to use the popular social networking site could help improve their cognitive performance and make them feel more socially connected.
Her preliminary findings, which she shared this month at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting in Hawaii, show that older adults, after learning to use Facebook, performed about 25 percent better on tasks designed to measure their ability to continuously monitor and to quickly add or delete the contents of their working memory – a function known in the psychology world as “updating.”
Read more about this research via Should Grandma Join Facebook? It May Give Her a Cognitive Boost, Study Finds | UANews.