Watch out, Facebook – Seniors Like Social Media

January 15, 2016

 

 

The following article appeared in the January 13, 2016 edition of the Los Altos Town Crier.

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In today’s busy world, more and more people are connecting daily via social media versus in person.

Although many of us would prefer face-to-face interaction, if it’s not possible, the next best thing is readily available for anyone with an Internet connection or smartphone.

 

As many seniors are discovering, social media can be a wonderful way to stay connected with friends and family and help improve their quality of life.

 

Studies reveal that seniors who use social media sites reduce their chances of cognitive decline and enjoy better health as a result. According to a Pew Research Study, 35 percent of Americans ages 65 and older use social media. Among seniors who use the Internet, 71 percent go online every day or nearly every day, and 11 percent go online three to five times per week.

 

Connection and socialization

For a variety of reasons – such as physical distance from family members and/or lack of mobility – some older adults often have difficulty connecting with friends and family members in person. For such seniors, social networking sites can