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How can older people improve their cognitive functions up to 25%? Study says: „Use Facebook!“

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.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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