Eldercare Locator’s “Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults” guide takes users through the basic facts about how to use tools like Facebook, email and texting, including privacy and safety information. The guide also introduces YouTube, Twitter, Skype, Instant Messaging and blogging – all tools that older adults can use to stay connected.
You can download the PDF for “Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults” right here, view it at www.n4a.org or learn more by visiting www.eldercare.gov or calling 800.677.1116.
Staying connected is so important to staying healthy and vibrant. I’m thrilled when seniors engage new technologies. At Care is There we have clients who love their Kindle because it is easier to hold than a heavy book. And the blogger I admire most – Ruth Kastenmayer – is a senior.
Many people are concerned that electronic communication has replaced “in person” visits. But for long distance caregivers, electronic communication can be a wonderful supplement to phone calls — especially if hearing loss is a concern. At Care is There, we use electronic communication to keep entire families informed about what is going on day to day with their mom or dad. We like to post pictures so they can see their loved one in action in their daily life. Communication like this can ease guilt and anxiety and restore intimacy to a family. Nearly all of our client testimonials mention this valuable aspect of our work.
To foster the connections between senior service providers, care givers, and care receivers in the Charlottesville Virginia area, I started the on line social network Cville Seniors (www.cvilleseniors.org). It has been very successful in providing information and providing a sense of common purpose.
For seniors who are aging in place, electronic communication and on line social networking can enhance their independent living by widening their circle of friends. One of the downsides of aging in place is that one’s familiar friends and neighbors can move away or pass away over time, leaving the senior isolated and depressed. On line social networking opens a door to a lively, spontaneous, and rich conversation with the world.
The holidays hold great inter-generational moments in which grandchildren can help set up Grandma’s Facebook account and show her how to view photos on Flickr. So log on and have fun!