Social Media For Seniors

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 10, 2016
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Social media platforms like Facebook or other sites can be used by people of all ages. Seniors in particular might enjoy connecting with old classmates or viewing family photo albums.

Older adults may be shocked to see just how powerful social media can be for staying connected with friends, old colleagues or family. These sites are also great for meeting new people, keeping up with current events and learning about interesting projects.

Staying Connected
Many social media sites are designed to make it easy to stay in touch with loved ones. Statista found that billions of people use Facebook everyday alone, meaning it is likely you know quite a few people that are already online. 

According to Healthday, a survey of American adults over the age of 60 found that the ability to communicate and share with relatives was one of the largest draws of Facebook. The site makes it easy to send online messages and reach out to long-lost acquaintances. Overall, one third of all seniors reported using at least one social media site in the poll.

In this way, you can stay in touch with people living in another part of the country or across the world. Other sites, such as LinkedIn, are specifically helpful for connecting with old colleagues.

Sharing Photos
Social media makes it easy to get lost in the nostalgia of old wedding albums or swell with pride at a grandchild's new school photo. Many people post these sort of memories online, and for older adults, it can be an easy way to share in the magic of new milestones or celebrate past accomplishments and moments.

Older adults may also wish to put photos from a recent vacation or family party online. This is easy to do on social media sites, and there are tools for editing or enhancing pictures as well. You can eliminate red eyes while simultaneously sharing fantastic photos with the important people in your life.

Meeting New People
Love to Know reported that many older adults may use social media to meet new friends or like-minded individuals. There are groups on major sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn that are geared towards a specific hobby or interest. Similarly, there are many other smaller sites that are all about one ideology or activity. Some sites, such as Pinterest, are perfect for sharing recipes, craft ideas and projects for around the home. Not only can you try these out for yourself, but you may begin to befriend the other people on the site as well. Twitter, meanwhile, is useful for staying current with news and human interest stories.

For seniors, using these websites is a great way to maintain a healthy social life. You can meet new people in your community and bond over shared interests, on top of keeping up with friends and family that may live further away. Communicate online, schedule an opportunity to meet a new friend or use social media to find events or clubs in your neighborhood.

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