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Seniors learn to Skype family over the holidays

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(WMC-TV) - While many of you spent Christmas Day with your families, others are separated by distance. But thanks to technology, family time can still happen.

John Cavano, 93, has been using computers for more than a decade.

"But I am the most accomplished computer user, I still consider myself computer illiterate," said Cavano.

However, with the help of his caregiver, Cavano is skyping with his family in another city this Christmas.

It is part of the Silver Surfers program from the agency called Visiting Angels. The program teaches seniors how to use Facebook, and even Facetime.

Cavano's daughter says being able to see her dad on Christmas is priceless.

"My dad's immediate family, we are in five states, it's so hard. I can't be back to see him in like 10 minutes," she said.

But by using the technology, Cavano gets to see them all, his daughter, son, grandchildren, and great grandchildren on this holiday.

And that can make a big difference when it comes to his well-being.

One study shows that seniors who surf the Internet can lower their risk of depression by about 20 percent.

Another finding shows that seniors using Facebook improve their working memory by about 25 percent. But it means more than that to Cavano. He feels the ability to connect with family using this technology is simply a blessing.

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