The world is certainly smaller now than ever before since the advent of the Internet, and it’s now so easy to stay connected with friends and family at a distance. For seniors who are experiencing periods of isolation, such as those who are homebound, accessing online resources like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype can make a world of difference in their social engagement, and can make a huge impact on their sense of self-worth and purpose. Here are just a few ways social media can change the lives of seniors:
- 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 deepen relationships by stimulating more frequent conversations between the generations. Skype is another wonderful tool for older adults, allowing online video conversations with loved ones near or far.
- Improved Feelings of Wellbeing: Older adults whose lives are fairly isolated and are at a distance 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 see photos of the grandchildren instantly, helping them to feel more a part of events 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 a great tool to help your senior loved ones stay socially connected, there’s still nothing to replace face-to-face interactions and relationships. Best Senior Home Care helps enrich socialization for seniors by providing warm, friendly companionship along with a full range of New York home care services, personalized to meet each person’s unique needs. Call us at 718-224-0905, or fill out our simple online contact form to let us know how we can help you.