Many seniors find that as their mobility declines and driving privileges are lost, staying in contact with close friends and family members is a major challenge. Fortunately, the normal aging process doesn’t have to be a lonely one. Social media platforms have made it much easier for elderly individuals to stay connected and engaged on numerous fronts. Following are a handful of reasons why your senior family member should be using Facebook.
Video and Photo Sharing
Nothing incites warm, fond memories like poring over old photos or receiving new ones. Although seniors may not be able to get out and socialize in-person as often as they once did, they can still stay abreast of new family additions and important milestones. Those who are especially adept in using the computer can even upload photos or videos of their own.
Senior isolation and loneliness are two of the biggest problems among the aging population. Learning how to meet up and chat with friends online can stave off these emotions. Not only can seniors regularly connect with others, but Facebook is also a great tool for concerned family members who want to check in.
Staying connected with old friends who likely share similar life experiences is also good for identifying important resources. Seniors can share information with one another about local food delivery services, preferred home care services, volunteer opportunities, and support groups for those living with chronic illnesses.
Using Facebook is not just good for maintaining contact with family and friends. This platform also exposes seniors to important world events by circulating trending topics throughout the virtual community. This helps seniors enjoy a deeper level of engagement and maintain a critical sense of involvement with the world around them.
Partnered with Skype, Facebook makes it possible for seniors to enjoy live video calls to friends and family all throughout the world. These calls offer the benefit of both audio and video so that aging adults can both see and hear the people they are talking to, which can be infinitely more comforting than simply talking on the phone. This is also a very cost-effective way to maintain long-distance relationships for seniors living on a fixed income.
Facebook is a great way for seniors to stay connected and feel involved. But if you’re concerned your loved one still lacks emotional support or companionship, Home Care Assistance can help. Our compassionate and experienced caregivers can help seniors with tasks around the home, provide transportation to appointments and social engagements, and offer consistent companionship for seniors who might be experiencing feelings of loneliness or isolation. For more information on our hourly or live-in care in Centennial, call 303.957.3100 and request an in-home consultation.