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The Last Word: Digital Decision Making and Safety in the COVID World

Today’s Geriatric Medicine

Erin Smith, Malcolm P. Forbes, Sandra B. Chapman, Ian H. Robertson and Harris A. Eyre

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A recent review of the effects of computers, the internet and social media on daily decision making for people living with brain health conditions concluded that teaching older adults to use social media may significantly improve executive functioning as measured by their inhibitory control and overall cognition. Social media use among older adults may also positively boost health by increasing social connectedness, which is critical with social and physical distancing imposed by COVID-19.
— Erin Smith is a brain health executive and an associate at The PRODEO Institute in Palo Alto, California. — Malcolm P. Forbes, MBBS, MPM, is a principal psychiatry trainee at Royal Melbourne Hospital and a senior lecturer in the department of psychiatry at the University of Melbourne in Australia. — Sandra B. Chapman, PhD, is a professor in and founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth, as well as the Dee Wyly Distinguished University Chair at The University of Texas at Dallas. — Ian H. Robertson, PhD, is the T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Scientist at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and codirector of the Global Brain Health Institute, a collaboration of Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, San Francisco. — Harris A. Eyre, MBBS, PhD, is a brain health executive, cofounder of The PRODEO Institute, and President of PRODEO in San Francisco.

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T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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