Washington : A new study has revealed that training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being.

A two-year project funded by the European Union and led by the University of Exeter in partnership with Somerset Care Ltd and Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust gave a group of vulnerable older adults a specially-designed computer, broadband connection and training in how to use them and those who received training became more positive about computers over time, with the participants particularly enjoying connecting with friends and relatives via Skype and email according to ANI. It was found that those trained had heightened feelings of self-competence.

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