It may be a stereotype that the young are the most comfortable with technology, but a new study conducted by the PEW Research center suggests that among seniors between the ages of 70 and 76, the amount of whom had a high-speed internet connection increased from 26 percent to 45 percent.
The study also reports that for Americans over the age of 65, overall access to broadband internet has nearly tripled since 2005.
Perhaps this is because many assisted living communities now offer residents internet access.
Spending more time online can do more than just improve seniors' computer skills - it can also provide a myriad of health benefits.
A study conducted by the Phoenix Center found that spending time online can reduce a senior's chance of depression by 20 percent. Another study, performed by Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, revealed that going online can stimulate areas of the brain and enhance cognitive abilities, according to Aipathome.com.
In order to reap the benefits of surfing the web, seniors who are considering an assisted living facility should make sure that they will have access to a high-speed internet connection.