How using computers can help keep your mind sharp

Published: November, 2013

Surfing the Internet and catching up with family and friends online will keep you socially connected, and it might improve your memory, too.

Sitting at a computer seems like a sedentary activity, but as you interact with friends on Facebook or search the Internet, you're giving your brain a real workout. Studies are finding that the mental stimulation you gain from using a computer might help boost your memory and slow cognitive decline. "Engaging in any activity that causes you to learn new things is a good use of time and effort," says Dr. Anne Fabiny, chief of geriatrics at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance and editor in chief of Harvard Women's Health Watch.

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