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Study Finds Family Video Chat Can Reduce Risk of Depression in Seniors

  •   June 20, 2019
  •  Senior living articles 

A recent study conducted at Oregon Health and Science University found that video chatting can reduce the risk of depression in seniors. The study, “Using Skype to Beat the Blues: Longitudinal Data from a Nation Representative Sample” (link source at bottom) found that regular video chatting reduced the risk of depression by approximately 50%. However, only about 18% of respondents were using video chat. Additionally they noted that use of email, social media, or instant messaging doesn’t have the same benefit

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Using Skype to Beat the Blues: Longitudinal Data from a National Representative Sample