Early research findings from a study by the University of Arizona have suggested that Facebook can help sharpen our mental abilities as we get older. Adults over the age of 65 who learn to use the social networking site are reported to have seen a significant boost in their cognitive function.
The preliminary findings of the study were revealed at the International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting and suggested that older people performed around 25% better on certain cognitive tasks after using Facebook. A research group of 14 Facebook users were compared to 14 users of an online diary site, the key difference being that the posts that each person had to put online each day remained private on the diary site.
Those who used Facebook showed the most significant improvements in terms of mental updating abilities compared to before they used the site, whereas other participants did not experience much change. Once the study is fully completed, it may suggest that older people spend some time sitting down in chairs for the elderly and getting to know all about social networking sites.
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Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he will retire from his position as the head of the Catholic Church on February 28th after around eight years in the post at the age of 85.
Although the German pope, whose birth name is Joseph Ratzinger, will become the first holder of the esteemed position to step down voluntarily since as long ago as 1294, it is worth remembering that he did not enter into the role until the advanced age of 78.
One of the oldest senior pontiffs when he was appointed in 2005, Benedict XVI has attributed his resignation to a deterioration of his strength in recent months, explaining how he reached the conclusion that his condition was ‘no longer suited’ to playing such a vital role in the religious world.
A tennis club in Wales threw a special surprise party this week for one of their regulars to celebrate his many years of coming to the club as well as his longevity. Basil Smith turned 92 this month, and is a very keen tennis player.
As well as playing tennis twice a week at Swansea Tennis Centre, he makes an 80-mile round trip each time he goes to play. Basil normally plays a two hour game of mixed doubles twice a week and is by far the eldest person there, but he can still give his opponents a run for their money.