Feb 16, 2016 by Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg
At the Comfort Keepers® of Fredericksburg, VA we know that keeping seniors connected and helping them avoid isolation is extremely important to their well-being. Fortunately, technology and social media are great tools to help your loved ones stay connected to their families, friends, and the community.
Despite the myth that older people can’t manage technology because of cognitive deficits, seniors are flocking to social media at a rapid pace. In fact, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ (and Hangouts), Pinterest, and Instagram all note higher adoption rates among adults 65 and older ? and see seniors as their fastest growing audience.
No wonder. Older adults who have had positive experiences on social media have reported elevated moods. An American Psychological Association (APA) study found that seniors who spend time on social media sites were more likely to participate in activities that can lead to greater health, such as cooking healthier recipes, and finding easier ways to clean and maintain their homes. The study also indicates that they have lower blood pressure and fewer instances of diabetes, and less negative health habits such as smoking, depression, or disease. This is attributed to the ability for self-education on any number of topics, and remaining in-the-know about the latest technology trends.
Social Media Keeps the Family Together
Facebook is particularly useful for linking up with loved ones. It makes for more frequent conversations and helps close the generation gap.
Sharing current photos allows seniors to see their grandchildren change and grow, and creates a closeness and involvement that may not have existed, especially if the family isn’t living close by. Video chats also are a great way to communicate in “real time,” using free apps and programs like Skype and Google Hangouts. There is also the opportunity to relive fond memories or create new ones through postings of photos and home videos.
Family Peace of Mind
When a family lives apart, there can be stress and anxiety on both ends. Social media allows seniors and their families an easy way to check in as often as they wish. This is especially important if the senior is living alone and may experience ill health, a fall, or may not be eating or sleeping well, taking medications, or getting any form of exercise. Family caregivers can use social media to ask critical questions that will let them know what’s occurring in their loved one’s life.
When families need more help looking after their senior loved ones than technology and social media can provide, Comfort Keepers® caregivers are there to help. Our unique approach to in-home care, Interactive Caregiving™, can help by keeping senior clients engaged physically, mentally, and emotionally while living independently at home.
To learn more about Interactive Caregiving in the Fredericksburg area, contact Comfort Keepers of Fredericksburg or call us at (540) 212-9707.