Computer hardware has become the mainstay of the business world, but that doesn’t mean it’s immune to the dangers of old age.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that one in four new cases of dementia has been diagnosed in older people.
In a new study, the World Health Organisation has also found that nearly half of all people over 65 are diagnosed with dementia.
And research shows that more than half of older adults are now using their computers for more than 10 hours per day.
But the majority of people are unaware that they are getting sick from computers.
It’s a concern that experts say could have serious consequences.
The study’s findings are in the journal Lancet Neurology.
In the first part of the study, scientists from the University of Alberta surveyed more than 2,000 people about their computer use.
The results were published Monday.
In it, they found that those who reported the highest use of computer hardware and software were more likely to have had the most severe symptoms.
Those with symptoms of mild dementia and mild cognitive impairment, which include memory loss, were more than three times more likely than those who were not diagnosed with mild dementia or mild cognitive impairments to be using a computer for more time than one hour per day and more than one week per month.
For people with dementia, that’s nearly one-third of their daily use.
“It’s not uncommon for people who have dementia to have cognitive impairment or to have some kind of memory loss,” said Dr. David MacLean, who was the lead author on the study.
“We know from other research that if you’re in the elderly population, if you have dementia and your cognitive function declines over time, you may be more susceptible to dementia.”
MacLean and colleagues conducted their research by tracking the cognitive functioning of 2,826 older adults over the course of three years.
Their findings showed that those with the highest average daily use of computers were about four times more often diagnosed with a mild cognitive decline than those with average daily uses of less than half that amount.
In addition, those who used a computer more than twice a week had twice the risk of developing dementia as those who did not.
MacLean says that’s a clear indication that the use of devices with high levels of computing power, such as smartphones, is increasing.
“When we think of high-end computing devices, the number one thing that comes to mind is phones and tablets,” he said.
“I think it’s going to continue to be a factor for the foreseeable future.”
A study in Japan has also shown that over the past decade, a growing number of older people are using computers for far more time each day than previously thought.
Researchers say that’s due in part to the rise in mobile devices.
And while most of the older adults who were surveyed had a history of use of personal computers, nearly 40 percent reported using computers at least once a week or more, and nearly one in three had used computers for two or more hours a day.
“Mobile devices are increasingly being used in elderly households,” said senior researcher Dr. Takashi Kondo, of the National Institute of Aging.
“This trend is being noticed even among people who are in their 70s and 80s.
So they may have been using it as recently as two years ago, and they may not even remember using it at all.”
The study also found a link between people who use a computer daily and people with cognitive impairment.
Researchers also found an association between computer use and an increased risk of dementia.
The findings don’t mean that every older person using a smartphone is using it to do all of their work.
The WHO notes that people with high-functioning autism, as well as those with mild cognitive and speech impairments, are also at higher risk of having dementia.
But it’s also important to note that the data from this study doesn’t address how these symptoms of dementia might affect the use and misuse of personal computer devices.
It also doesn’t say that every computer used for the purpose of daily use is bad, MacLean said.
It just shows that there is a strong association between the use for use and the risk.
“If you’re a person who has a normal, functioning brain and you’re using your computer for 10 hours a week, you’re not going to have dementia,” MacLean added.
“And you’re also not going a dementia risk.
You’re just going to get a mild memory loss.”