The world certainly feels much smaller now that we have access to the World Wide Web, and it’s simpler than ever to stay in touch with friends and family at a distance. For seniors who may be homebound or experiencing periods of isolation, tapping into online resources like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype can provide a breath of new life and social engagement, and have a huge impact on their sense of belonging and purpose. Here are just a couple of ways Regency Home Care in Atlanta, GA is helping reshape the social lives of seniors through social media:
- Helps Keep Families Closer: Many older adults wish they heard more often from their loved ones. Facebook is a great way to keep up with family and friends on a more frequent basis. It also helps to strengthen relationships with loved ones by stimulating more frequent conversations. Skype is another great tool for older adults, allowing online video conversations with loved ones near or far.
- Improved Feelings of Wellbeing: Older adults who live mostly isolated lives and far away from loved ones often experience depression. A study by Dr. Shelia Cotten, a sociologist and associate professor from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, revealed that Internet use was associated with a 30 percent decrease in depressive symptoms among older adults who used it regularly, while other studies have shown similarly impressive results.
- Social Photo and Video Sharing: Enjoying shared memories is now easier than ever through social media. Pictures can be shared via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media sites. Grandparents can enjoy photos of the grandchildren moments after they are taken, allowing them to feel more a part of activities they may not be able to attend.
- Community Belonging: Socializing as part of a community can be critical for homebound older adults. Social media provides the opportunity to have and be a friend, to congregate without leaving the house, and to never have to feel alone.
Although social media is an incredible tool to help your senior loved ones stay socially connected, it can be difficult to find time to help senior loved ones get signed up for the accounts and teach them how to use them. Regency Home Care in Atlanta, GA can help. In conjunction with our expert in-home caregiving services tailored to meet each person’s unique needs, we can help seniors learn how to use social media. Complete our simple online contact form or call us at 678.999.2446 to let us know how we can help you.