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internet, a prescription for Alzheimer

Deeper look into an article from TIME, February 12, 2007
“Senior Netizens”

Retired people (定年退職者) in the U.S. spend an average of nine hours online at home each week, according to a survey by AXA Group, a financial services firm. That is two hours more than the seven hours two years ago. In contrast (これとは対照に), retired people in Japan spend only three hours a week online.





Another study shows that elderly people (高齢者) with few or no friends are more than twice as likely (2倍以上の確立で) to develop Alzheimer’s disease (アルツハイマー病) than elderly people that are not lonely. A number of other studies show that loneliness and isolation can have a negative effect on the aging brain and that a rich social and intellectual life helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Baby boomer generations in Japan, as we all know, were workaholics (仕事中毒). Boundaries (境界線) between work and personal life did not exist. Work was a part of personal life and personal life was a part of work. As these baby boomers hit retirement many realize that they have no interest of hobbies in their personal lives. One of my dear friend’s father who has recently retired from a company he served for over 40 years now enjoys visiting Kamakura, an ancient city of Japan, on historical tours. He searches the internet on temples and historical people in Kamakura before visiting them. But not many baby boomers are like him. Many just stay home, alone.

If they have nothing better to do than staying home alone, why not adventure on the internet? Many retirees in U.S. are going online to bank, invest, search for alternative medicines, find volunteer opportunities, network with interest groups, blog, become politically active, and a few even start their own business. Now that’s a great way to stay socially connected.

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