Social media has taken over the world. Billions of people are on social media every single day. The older population is included. Many more retirees are using social media each day to connect with family, friends and keep up with world events. If your senior loved one has not tried social media yet, you may want to encourage it.
The Benefits of Social Media for Seniors
Senior citizens can benefit greatly from social media. The following are just some of those ways.
- They interact with others on a daily basis. Some seniors will become isolative. Social media helps them stay connect with the outside world.
- It improves social skills. Since many seniors have become isolative, they may not feel comfortable in social situations. Social media allows them to “talk” to others without being face-to-face, which can be much easier.
- Social media can improve their health. As they read articles shared on social media, they will understand how they should be trying to improve their health.
- It can improve mental health. Besides just reading about improving it and being social, social media allows seniors to vent their thoughts, which can have incredible mental benefits.
- It helps them maintain their cognitive abilities. According to the use it or lose it principle, seniors need to continue using their mind to keep their cognitive abilities strong. Using technology can do that for them.
- It’s entertaining. Social media is entertaining and everyone needs that in life.
How to Help Your Senior Get on Social Media
The best way to start is to expose your loved one to it. Share your social media accounts with your loved one. Go through your feed with him or her by your side. When you see something interesting, show your loved one how you like it, comment, or tap on it to read the full article. By showing your loved one what you can do, he or she will start to wonder if that’s something that he or she would like to do.
You are just peaking their interest at first. After that, the learning begins.
When your loved one shows interest, start with one social media network such as Facebook. Get on the computer or on a device and set up an account for him or her. You can then start identifying what your loved one needs know to navigate it. Don’t think your loved one won’t learn things on his or her own. After getting the basic idea of it, only time will lead your loved one into liking pages and even creating their own posts.
Don’t push it. Pushing your loved one to like it or use it will only make him or her more resistant. This is supposed to be something that is fun as well as beneficial.
More Tips from Personal Consulting
I have recommended social media to many of older clients. While they were hesitant at first, once they started on it, they became fans right away. My caregiving clients have also introduced it to their older parents and loved ones with success. They have stated that it’s the one thing that’s helped them lift their spirits, especially when they read funny articles or see funny pictures.
Personal consulting is a way for you to figure out how you can help you loved one more. I offer this service to caregivers and the elderly to improve their life. Contact me now for more information on personal consulting for yourself or your senior loved one.