This is a great time to be alive if you are an information junkie, especially if you are a senior citizen and have more time on your hands to indulge your love of information than you did during your younger years. With the Internet you can read, listen and watch to your heart’s content.
But, senior information junkies have even better news! Absorbing and the learning new things from the information that is easily accessible on the Internet is one of the best things you can do to maintain your brain health, especially memory.
More good news! Using information gathering tools available free on the Internet can make your consumption of information easier, faster and more meaningful than randomly surfing from website to website. This article will reveal some of those tools: blog and RSS readers.
First, a little terminology. The word “blog” is a combination of the words “web log.” A blog is a kind of online diary that is published on the Internet. They usually offer subscriptions so that readers can receive and read new entries each time they are published. They also commonly offer the opportunity for readers to comment.
“RSS” is an abbreviation of the words “really simple syndication.” It simply indicates the means by which blogs, and some other forms of Internet information, are commonly published.
When you utilize a blog, or RSS, reader, you are aggregating and organizing many different sources of Internet information to which you have described, in one place. This makes them easier and faster to read, understand and remember.
Many free blog readers are available on the Internet. Some varieties are:
- programs you download to your local computer
- blog reader websites that display in your web browser
- blog readers that are built into web browsers. For example, the latest versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer have blog readers built-in.
An example of the second type of blog reader is Google Reader. It has an excellent feature set including:
- the ability to search for information by keywords
- the ability to separate articles that you have read from those who have not
- recommendations for new information sources based upon the sources you have previously selected
you can easily add a browser bookmark to this reader and start aggregating information from all over the World Wide Web for easy review as often as you like.
There is a lot of buzz about recent research indicating that many folks will live to 100 years of age in the foreseeable future. The quality of that long life will depend significantly on our mental health and activity as we age. Using blog readers has information aggregators can be fun and beneficial at the same time. Start using a blog reader today and improve your expertise in things that interest you.
Robert A. McCluskey
Bob McCluskey is a semi retired teacher and school administrator. He has recently been teaching college-level psychology classes and has developed a course in the psychology of aging. Bob teaches courses specifically designed for senior citizens and is especially interested in the mental health of aging, With an emphasis on the preservation and enhancement of memory.
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