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Social Media and Seniors

Nov 1, 2018 by Marc Jeffries

There are many myths that circulate that older people cannot learn technology or they cannot manage it because of their age or their lowered cognitive ability, but this is just not the case. Social media is a wonderful place for seniors to go to, especially when they want to connect with others, their family, and friends or their favorite brands. Comfort Keepers of Flemington, NJ encourages seniors to get involved with various social media outlets including Facebook and Instagram.

Studies show that older adults who have had positive experiences on social media have reported that they experienced elevated moods. Another APA study found that seniors who did spend time on social media were more likely to seek out and participate in activities that lead to better health.

Facebook is one of the more popular social media outlets and it is used mainly for connecting with family and friends. This type of a social media platform is ideal for seniors because it allows them to connect with those who they are closest to.

Sharing photos allows seniors to see their children and grandchildren who may live several hundred miles from them. Video chats also allow seniors to see their family members who live out of state.

Many seniors are unable to shop without the assistance of a loved one or caregiver, and this can be quite discouraging for them. Utilizing sites like Amazon helps keep seniors engaged, busy and allows them to shop conveniently.

Comfort Keepers is committed to providing quality in-home care to seniors in Flemington and all of Hunterdon, Warren and Somerset counties. Our home care team can assist your loved one on how to use social media and shop safely online. For more information about the home care services Comfort Keepers® provides, please call (908) 806-2220 or Toll Free at (908) 806-2220 or click here. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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