Social Networks: Ending Isolation

Earlier this month, the NY Times reported that researchers are now looking into the possible benefits of older people joining social networks. With one third of people over 75 living alone (according to a 2009 AARP study), the National Institute on Aging will be awarding $10 million in grants to explore "social neuroscience and its effect on aging". According to comScore, a media measurement company, more and more older people are visiting social networks to connect with others. The Internet allows us to stay engaged and stimulated, connect with new and old friends, and play games with others, and research will now focus on whether conducting these activities within virtual networks can provide us with the same health and wellness benefits as interacting with a group of offline friends.

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