You might not have thought about it before, but social media can be a great way to get your elderly family member more involved in socializing. It’s less exhausting than meeting people in person, but your elderly family member can connect with you and other friends and family members no matter where they are in the world.
It’s a Way for You to Connect if You Live Far Away.
The most useful reason for your elderly family member to use social media is that if you live far away from her, you can keep in touch with her on a regular basis. Sharing about your day can be a lot easier on social media, especially if you set up a family group so that everyone can stay in touch.
She Can Stay in Touch with Friends and Family.
There may be other family members and friends that also use social media regularly. With all of the different types of social media out there, your elderly family member can connect with them via video, pictures, and even audio recordings. This makes communication easy even if she has limitations with hearing or vision.
She Can Meet New People.
Your senior can expand her social network, too. With social media she can meet lots of people who have similar interests to her who live all over the world. There are plenty of groups that deal with specific health concerns, for instance, and your aging family member might meet people with whom she can relate. It’s a powerful way to realize that no matter what is going on with her, she’s not alone.
It Keeps Her Brain Engaged.
Learning something new is a great way to fire up your senior’s brain. Engaging with social media is an active task for her to be doing, which can be a little more challenging for her. As she learns more about social media and connects to more people near and far away, she may find that she really enjoys something that was a little scary at first. And social media is always evolving, which can keep her learning new things.
It’s always a good idea to take safety precautions when your aging adult is getting started with social media. Elderly care providers can help her if you’re not able to be there with her to show her the ropes. They can let you know also if they notice anything you should be aware of in terms of her internet presence.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Walnut Creek, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE