How Seniors Can Connect with Family via Social MediaAugust 24, 2022
As little as 40 years ago, the best way to keep in contact with a loved one who lived more than a town or so away was to send a letter. Long-distance phone calls existed but were too expensive for most people to have more than a few-minute-long conversation. As a result, letters were the primary form of communication. But things are different in 2022. Seniors can connect with family via social media.
Seniors don’t have to wait for letters to hear from family across state lines, and they don’t have to spend obscene amounts of money on a short phone call. Now, they can even talk to grandchildren “face-to-face” via video calls.
Keeping in touch with family is even easier than before thanks to social media. However, many seniors are uncertain as to how to use it. Continue reading for more information on how seniors can connect with family via social media.
What makes social media so great for communication?
The uses for social media come from the title—it is inherently social. Social media platforms are designed to connect users to friends and family, no matter where in the world they are. Each platform provides a “feed” where users can see their friends’ posts and comment on them. They all have a direct messaging feature, where you can stay in touch with family far more quickly and efficiently than ever before. Many also have a video chat option.
However, there are some things to be aware of when utilizing social networking sites. Scammers lurk around every corner. It is important to stay vigilant. If a new account pops up for a loved one, contact that person to confirm it’s them– it may be a scammer. Never send money over these services.
Be mindful of your privacy settings
Each platform has its own privacy settings that allow you to control what you see and what others see from you. Where to access these settings is different on each site, so you should visit the platform’s “help” section, or contact a loved one.
Once you’ve found these settings, consider what information about you that you want others to see. Platforms ask for your full name, your birthdate, your location, and your email or phone number when you sign up. It is up to you to decide if you want others to see this information. When in doubt, opt for tighter security settings.
What sites should I use?
If you look up “social media sites,” you’ll be rewarded with dozens of choices. This can be overwhelming for seniors. Consider starting with these great options for social media for seniors.
- Facebook: Since its conception in the mid-2000s, Facebook has been one of the leading social media platforms. According to Pew Research Center, 69% of Americans are on Facebook, so chances of finding friends and family are high. Here, you can post your thoughts via statuses and share photos.
- Instagram: This application is dedicated to photo and video sharing. Here, you can watch your friends and loved ones as they move about their lives. You can also follow your favorite celebrities to get an insider view of their lives.
- Nextdoor: This is a slightly unique option to those above. Nextdoor connects you to those within your area. You can use this app to learn about neighborhood events, get local recommendations for restaurants, and get information on services.
- Pinterest: This site is ideal for discovering new recipes, home decor, and more. You can make inspiration boards and see what inspires your friends and family. New and seasoned hobbyists alike can discover mind-blowing tips and tricks that change how they operate their favorite pastime.
Seniors can use social media to make friends
Do you have a hobby you’re exploring, but no one to share it with? Social media is the perfect outlet for you. No matter which site you use, you can meet people who share your interest. On Facebook, you can join specific groups targeted to what you love. Look up “knitting” in the search bar and you’ll find a community.
On sites like Instagram and Pinterest, you can navigate finding a community by searching certain hashtags. Again, type “knitting” in the search bar, and you’ll locate posts about a variety of creations. Follow these individuals and strike up a conversation!
Home caregivers can help with activities of daily living
Your in-home caregiver can help with all the activities of daily living that aren’t as easy as they once were. For more than 25 years, the staff with Home Care Powered by AUAF has provided seniors dignified help with personal care, medication reminders, companionship, and more. This allows seniors to remain independent in their homes for longer.
If you are ready to take a step towards independent living, call 773-274-9262 to learn how our staff can help you experience a higher quality of life.
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