For some older adults, being well-versed in how to use computers can seem like a difficult task, but one retirement living center in Muncie, Indiana, is making an effort to ensure that they learn. The Star Press reports that the Community Center for Vital Aging offers a wide range of computer classes for the elderly, ranging from the basics to social networking.
Program instructor Jack Ihle says that the main goal is to keep older adults' minds limber.
Among the students in the classes is 75-year-old Pat Patterson. While he has a computer, Patterson said that it has been so long since he touched it, that much of what remembered is irrelevant now.
"I can't even remember 15 years ago what I worked on in my office," he told the news source. "I can't even recall the program I worked in. I would just like to keep up with the changes. I want to keep my brain working. Things are changing so much."
According to USA Today, recent studies have shown that keeping one's mind active may be able to slow or delay cognitive decline in the elderly.