Social Media for Seniors

The world has certainly become smaller more now than ever before since the advent of the Internet and smart phones. It’s now easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family from 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 a senior's sense of belonging and purpose. Here are just a few ways social media is changing the lives of seniors: 1. 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

Preventing Senior Isolation

Everyone needs a little personal space to get away from it all, to be alone with their thoughts or to stretch out and enjoy a good book. But when that alone time becomes excessive, there's an enhanced risk for social isolation – an all too common occurrence in aging. And its effects are more harmful than may be realized, with the potential to impact both physical and mental health in a variety of ways. On the other hand, research has shown that staying social: • Reduces risk of disability • Reduces pain and depression • Protects the brain from mental decline • Increases the quality and length of life We here at AAging Better work hard to help our elderly or disabled clients enhance the

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