Apr 12, 2018 by Tammara LaCasse
There are many myths that surround seniors and social media. One of the most popular ones is that seniors are too “old” to use social media or they may just not get it. This is not the case though and social media can be incredibly helpful for seniors. Home care services are starting to help seniors get used to social media too.
Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms and it provides seniors with the opportunity to connect to their loved ones who live far away. Since pictures and videos can be posted on these platforms, seniors will be able to see their loved ones whenever they want and can keep up to date.
Home care services professionals do warn that you want to make sure that your monitor the activities that your senior engages in online. The reason behind this is because there are many scams that can grab your senior and suck them in. You also want to make sure that your loved one, if talking to others, is only talking to individuals who are considered trustworthy and not out to scam them. Chat rooms and blogs are not always the safest of places to chat with others, but home care services professionals don’t want this to discourage you or your loved one, as they can be safe.
Lastly, you want to make sure that your loved one does not spend too much money online on things that they do not need. Social media has made it easy to explore products and your loved one may be enticed to buy things that they do not need. Home care services teams warn that since many seniors are on a fixed income, overspending or unneeded spending can cause financial struggles.
If your loved one wants to explore social media, it can be beneficial for them. Studies shave shown that seniors who have positive experiences online are often in a better mood. Comfort Keepers is here to help you should you want to explore social media with your loved one. Call our office at your convenience to learn more.