Many of the elderly are computer savvy these days and if they aren’t, many are willing to learn. Unlike in past years, many families and friends don’t always live near one another, but thanks to the internet and social media we can still stay in touch rather easily.
Social media is a great way for the elderly to not only stay in touch with family and friends, but get the support and information they are looking for. According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled—from 22% in April 2009 to42% in May 2010.
Facebook can keep the elderly up to date on what is going on in their relative’s and friends’ lives. Skype can let them view and have a conversation with someone. Twitter can just be of daily updates, small bits of information . Blogging can be a way of expressing themselves about things going on in their lives or what their opinions are.
The key is that social media is not only letting our elderly stay connected and involved but it is also keeping their minds sharp. Stimulation and social activity is very important in keeping the elderly young and social media can help promote that.
So, if your elderly loved ones and friends aren't already connected, get them connected, it will open up a whole new world!