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PostWed Oct 03, 2012 7:30 am » by One-23


So it's official, the DTV elders (you know who you are :mrgreen: ) are in good stead for being on here all day :flop:


Just incase you are wandering what a Twirlie is.

twirlies are people in possession of concessionary bus passes, passes that we're not allowed to use before 9am Monday to Friday (though we can at weekends and on public holidays). Hence the fact that we are often to be found turning up at the bus stop around nine of a morning and plaintively asking the driver: "Am I too early?"


Objective

To determine if older men who use computers have lower risk of developing dementia.

Methods

Cohort study of 5506 community-dwelling men aged 69 to 87 years followed for up to 8.5 years. Use of computers measured as daily, weekly, less than weekly and never. Participants also reported their use of email, internet, word processors, games or other computer activities. The primary outcome was the incidence of ICD-10 diagnosis of dementia as recorded by the Western Australian Data Linkage System.

Results

1857/5506 (33.7%) men reported using computers and 347 (6.3%) received a diagnosis of dementia during an average follow up of 6.0 years (range: 6 months to 8.5 years). The hazard ratio (HR) of dementia was lower among computer users than non-users (HR = 0.62, 95%CI = 0.47–0.81, after adjustment for age, educational attainment, size of social network, and presence of depression or of significant clinical morbidity). The HR of dementia appeared to decrease with increasing frequency of computer use: 0.68 (95%CI = 0.41–1.13), 0.61 (95%CI = 0.39–0.94) and 0.59 (95%CI = 0.40–0.87) for less than weekly, at least weekly and daily. The HR of dementia was 0.66 (95%CI = 0.50–0.86) after the analysis was further adjusted for baseline cognitive function, as measured by the Mini-Mental State Examination.

Conclusion

Older men who use computers have lower risk of receiving a diagnosis of dementia up to 8.5 years later. Randomised trials are required to determine if the observed associations are causal.


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PostWed Oct 03, 2012 7:46 am » by Boatman


I've got a Bus pass Cageyone23, and thanks for the Info :flop:
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