Phoenix Center Report Says Internet Cuts Depression for Elderly

According to a new report, senior citizens – especially those facing any form of depression – may have a new cure that doesn’t involve prescriptions, therapy or support groups.

The Phoenix Center, a non-profit organization that studies broad public-policy issues, announced that its newest Policy Paper titled, “Internet Use and Depression Among the Elderly,” shows that spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens.

Not only could this new research improve the quality of life for the elderly, but the report also said that reducing the incidence of depression by Internet use among the elderly could potentially trim the nation’s healthcare bill.

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