Home Care in Southbury CT - Social Media is Great Way to Seniors to Interact with Family and Friends from the Comfort of Home
Although many may believe that social media is only for teens and young adults, people of all ages are using Facebook. Facebook is not only a form of entertainment, but it’s also a way for seniors to keep in touch with friends and family easily – without having to remember phone numbers and email addresses. Seniors can instant message loved ones and post photos to be shared with all their friends. These activities can help ward off loneliness, which can lead to depression.
Facebook is relatively easy to use, but the hardest part may be convincing an elderly loved on of its purpose and utility. Here are some tips for family caregivers who need help encouraging their seniors to venture online.
Explain the Basics
Once you’ve discussed the benefits of Facebook – such as communication with friends, family and even high school buddies – it’s time to cover the basics. This can be time-consuming and frustrating, especially if your senior loved one is not very computer savvy. So have some patience and offer some hands-on experience. If you have your own Facebook account, log into it and go through it with your senior to show him or her the major features. Expect to go over certain things multiple times. Break up the lesson every few minutes with some hands-experience, allowing your senior control of the mouse. If you use Facebook jargon, be sure to explain what it means so they don’t get confused.
Create an Account
If your loved one has gotten the hang of navigating around Facebook and is interested in pursuing it further, help him or her create an account. Your senior will need a valid email address before proceeding, so make sure he or she has one. Free email is available through Gmail and Yahoo. Offer help with customizing their privacy settings. This is important, as some seniors are used to more privacy than others and may not want some of their information shared with others.
Your senior loved one should personalize the Facebook page with information and photos. Encourage him or her to add information such as education, employment, hobbies, interests, important events and other details. Once important details are added, your elderly loved one should start posting. Seniors have a lot of knowledge to share. They can post stories, thoughts, ideas and nuggets of wisdom. Once they have established an account, they can learn to “like” pages, add friends and hopefully have fun communicating online.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Southbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.