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Online Socialization Tips for Aging Adults

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Healthcare providers strongly recommend that seniors remain socially active throughout their lives. Socializing has been shown to benefit an older adult’s emotional, mental, and physical health. As more aging adults become tech-savvy, the Internet provides a wealth of opportunities for communicating with friends and family. Online socialization additionally affords people the chance to make new friends. Socializing online is also beneficial for older adults who may not have the ability to venture outside their homes.

Acquire the Necessary Technology

At one time, a computer or laptop was the only means of accessing the Internet. While seniors may have these devices, tablets and smartphones are also options. Getting online merely entails having an Internet connection through a phone or cable company. Bluetooth enables wireless connections on many types of modern devices. Using their chosen devices, seniors can send messages or chat with loved ones.

Send Emails

Having an email account enables a senior to quickly write a letter and send the correspondence, which is subsequently received promptly by the recipient. Within the course of a day, older adults can send and receive numerous emails to and from family and friends. Using the email addresses of people in their contacts lists, seniors might also send personalized greetings on special occasions via e-cards. 

If your loved one has been diagnosed with a condition such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, his or her online activity may need to be supervised closely, and a home caregiver can help. Families looking for top-rated homecare providers can reach out to Home Care Assistance. From respite care to specialized Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care, there are many ways we can make life easier for seniors and their loved ones.

Communicate via Video Chats

Using Facetime, Google Duo, Hangouts, or Skype enables older adults to easily meet with friends and family members while enjoying face-to-face communication. Although seniors may live a distance apart from their loved ones, online video chats provide the chance to visit day or night, seven days a week. The option is also economically feasible for people on fixed budgets. Being online merely requires the fee for a monthly Internet connection, which for many is less expensive than having a conventional phone. However, being online during a video chat is often more rewarding.

Visit Social Websites

Older adults are able to keep in touch and up to date with others by using social media sites. Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites enable seniors to set up personal pages and visit the pages of family members and friends. Tech-smart seniors may also add pictures and videos to their pages to share with people in their lists of friends. Social sites typically alert users as to which contacts might also be online. By using the instant messaging option, seniors can quickly converse with children, grandchildren, or friends. 

A home caregiver can monitor your loved one’s online and physical safety when you need to take a break from your caregiving duties. Whether you need respite from your caregiving duties or your aging loved one needs 24-hour care, Colorado Springs, CO, Home Care Assistance can meet your family’s care needs. Our dedicated caregivers are available around the clock to provide transportation to doctor’s appointments, ensure seniors take their prescribed medications, and help with a variety of tasks in and outside the home.

Try Senior-Specific Websites

Genkvetch Social Networking, Senior Chatroom, Senior.com, and similar sites are designed specifically for older adults. The sites welcome seniors to enter chatrooms or forums to engage in conversations with members of their peer groups. The websites provide the chance for aging adults to meet new people with similar interests and ideas. In addition, many destinations provide a wealth of information about several different topics that are relevant to older generations. As older adults often have visual deficits, many sites also often use large fonts and color schemes that are more readable. 

Using the Internet safely for socialization is just one of the issues aging adults must navigate in today’s modern world. Seniors can face a variety of challenges as they age, many of which can be mitigated with the help of professional in-home caregivers who provide high-quality homecare services. Colorado Springs families trust Home Care Assistance to help their elderly loved ones age in place safely and comfortably. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (719) 822-1229 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.