Simple Ways for Seniors to Stay Socially Connected

People from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures love going online and connecting with their friends, family, colleagues and sometimes even with strangers. Communication has been one of the leading benefits technology has given us and with it, the ability to reach out and talk to our loved ones – wherever they may be. In 2020, people became more dependent on their mobile phones, tablets, and laptops in order to stay connected with the outside world amidst the global pandemic. Of course with advances in technology, some gadgets and devices are becoming more difficult to navigate and troubleshoot yet these are at times the most necessary tools for staying in touch with friends and family.

Some research shows that staying socially connected can significantly benefit one’s health and well-being especially as we age. As most families in America tend to live far apart, technology helped bridge the gap by keeping the distance at bay through the use of different social media applications and video platforms. Approximately 70% of the population aged 55 and older are now using the internet as part of their daily routine to do shopping, book reservations, connect with people, and just simply get the latest information.

Ways to Connect Through Technology

More and more applications are being developed to cater to the different needs and wants of people.

Below are some of the best applications that make it easy to stay in touch.

1. Facebook

This is probably the most famous and widely used platform on our list, the number of Facebook users continues to grow, especially among those 55 and older. Due to the rising popularity of Facebook, it is packed with easy-to-use features that make it easily accessible for a wide range of users. Most users aged 55 and older opt to use this platform to share posts, videos, photos, and messages to their loved ones. Aside from current friends and family, it’s a great tool for finding former classmates and colleagues as well as childhood friends and neighbors to reconnect and catch up on the years gone by.

2. Instagram

Just like Facebook, Instagram is also a social media platform but the main functionality is photo and video sharing via its mobile app. You can also find and “follow“ your family and friends so you can send them a direct message (DM) and see each other’s posts interactively. 

It’s also easy to follow certain accounts that fit a particular lifestyle, interests, and hobbies, like gardening, photography, traveling, and many more. Since this is a visual app, it’s very useful for finding inspiration as well as entertainment by simply following accounts.

3. Skype

Skype is a telecommunications app that provides instant messaging, voice calls, and video chats that can be used across different devices. You can easily communicate with your loved ones by sending them messages and see them through video calls. This application can also be used to call landlines and mobile phones in addition to its main features.

These are just a few of the many emerging applications and platforms available on the internet. Technology has been extremely useful to allow everyone to stay connected while staying safe at home.  It’s amazing how a small device can add value to day-to-day activities and further enrich health and mental wellness by facilitating one of the most human of emotions –social interaction.

Technology Support and Educational Services

Learning through the continuous advancement of technology can be somewhat confusing and frustrating for some late adapters and new converts to the digital age. Custodians of Care in partnership with Bridgit can give you the best assistance when it comes to setting up new devices, troubleshooting common issues, and providing easy-to-understand tutorials, and solving particular tech problems. You can find out more about the range of services or set up an in-home visit with one of our advisors. Advisers can also provide assistance, guidance, and general information with a convenient phone call appointment or series or educational calls. 

To learn more about your at-home care options and other tech services with Custodians of Care, send us a quick message or start a chat with one of our agents using the chat box feature in the bottom right corner of your screen.

We look forward to hearing from you!

  

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