New York, NY (PressExposure) December 10, 2009 -- Advancements in computer technology are continuously changing and influencing the way we live. Online casinos and sportsbooks make gambling extremely accessible and have become a popular outlet for gaming enthusiasts. While younger generations have quickly acclimated to the online world and the resources it offers, the older population is still going through the learning process of how to operate computers. Senior citizens who are now being exposed to the internet as a result of online gaming are proving that it is never too late to benefit by learning something new.
Many senior citizens participate in casino style games for recreation. A joint research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University proves this in a study. Their recent survey of almost 1,000 elderly people showed that 70 percent had participated in a gambling activity in the past year. The connection between this demographic and gambling has naturally progressed to new relationships with computers and the elderly community. More and more senior citizens are discovering computer literacy due to their curiosity to play at casinos online.
There are positives being discussed in academic institutions such as the Pennsylvania universities. Older people are getting over the intimidating and nervous emotions that come with learning something new and they are embracing it as a new educational experience.
Being taught or teaching yourself new things is vital to the brain's health. Associate Professor Stephen Robinson from Melbourne Monash University's School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine asserts that learning new information produces mental stimuli that can promote better health. Activating parts of your brain is important for the elderly because it can stage off Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
All neuroscientists will agree that conducting new tasks is a healthy formula to help train the connections between brain cells. Senior citizens who are curious about the online world of gaming are in fact being proactive by teaching their brains to learn new tricks. On top of this, playing certain games of strategy like blackjack, poker and baccarat provide additional mental exercise.
In the past, senior centers would plan group trips where people would spend hours of thoughtless time pulling on slot arms. Times are changing now because the alternative of playing at online casinos is more convenient. An older generation is catching up to the times and finding out how stimulating the internet can be.