The latest Pew Research study showed that seniors over 65-years-old are using the Internet more than ever nowadays. In fact, almost 60% of those over 65 now use the Internet for one reason or another. And, more often than not, the results of seniors getting and staying connected is a positive thing; one that family caregivers and home health care aides alike should get behind.
For one, it allows seniors who live at home, or far away from friends and family, to connect via the various social media on the Internet. For instance, seniors with a Facebook account can share pictures of past memories, or follow along as their children and grandchildren grow up. They can even start conversations on Facebook and talk with friends and family more often.
Also, staying connected can help avoid problems like social isolation, that can have serious impacts on our mental and physical health. When seniors use the Internet, they have all the world’s news and events at their fingertips, and a number of areas built for connecting socially and sharing and discussing the day’s events.
In other words, Internet use not only helps seniors connect with their current social circles more frequently, but also allows them the opportunity to build and grow new ones.
Finally, and possibly one of the more simple, but positive benefits to using the Internet as a senior is the simple fact that reading the news, discovering new hobbies, or connecting socially with friends and family are all activities that help keep senior minds sharp and active; which is important in helping to keep the mind as healthy as possible.
So for the family caregivers, and home health care aides out there, if those you love or are assisting show interest in learning about the Internet, or a desire in increasing their social activeness, there’s a number of reasons to encourage them to log on and get connected.