Researchers say computer use can keep your mind sharper as you age

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Using a computer can keep your mind sharper as you get older.

A study released last week proves the connections between maintaining a bust brain and cutting down on your risk of cognitive decline later in life.

Our brains will inevitably decline as we age. They physically shrink, along with the cellular and vascular changes.

This decline can impact some more than others. Previous studies have focused on physical and mental activity, along with diets and use of supplements.

This study looked at using computers.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic followed nearly 2,000 people aged 70 and older for about four years. Those who used computers were 42 percent less likely to show cognitive decline.

Those who engaged in social activities or read magazines also showed some memory protection, but nothing as significant as for those who used computers.

The results show the importance of keeping the mind active as we age. Any type of mental exercise is better than none. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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