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Using a computer can make the older generation feel significantly younger, according to the results of a new survey.

The silver surfer survey, conducted by Tutors 4 Computers, revealed that by surfing the internet, many of its elderly customers felt rejuvenated, had a spring in their step and had gained a new lease of life.

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Tutors 4 Computers owner, Ian Mabb, says: ‘We took a random sample of 100 people over retirement age who we’d taught during the last two years. The results revealed that a full 80% believed that using a computer made them feel younger.

‘This is partly because they’re doing something they perceive to be a ‘youngsters’ activity. It clearly gives them a spring in their step and, in some cases, a new lease of life.’

Four out of five respondents agreed with the statement that ‘doing something they previously thought only younger people could do had made them feel younger’. More than two-thirds (68%) of respondents agreed strongly.

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Ian Mabb said the results reinforced Californian research indicating that internet use stimulates the older brain much more effectively than reading a book, and could even help to ward off common ailments such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

He continued: ‘Some of our older pupils amongst the silver surfer community are eagerly downloading music, and we had the case of a 97-year-old sending emails to his great-grandson and monitoring share prices using the computer in his nursing home.’

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