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5 Ways Joining Social Media Can Benefit Older Adults

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on October 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

social_media_older_adultsA few years ago, social media seemed as if it’d be little more than a fad. But today, social media is a major part of many people’s lives. Contrary to what many believe, this includes older adults such as yourself. According to PewResearch, of the 59 percent of adults over 65 who use the Internet, nearly half (46 percent) use social media.

You’ve been encouraged to join social media by a number of friends and family members, but perhaps you remain reluctant. It’s not that you don’t like learning new things, you tell them, it’s that you don’t see the benefit in spending more time online.

Sound like you? Read on to uncover a few hidden benefits to joining social media!

1.Social Media Can Improve Your Memory 

Taking proactive steps to keep your mind sharp and improve memory is vital to maintaining your independence as you age. According to a study from the University of Arizona’s psychology department, social media might be a great tool for exercising your brain. The study found that adults over 65 who used Facebook performed 25 percent better on memory tests. 

2. Social Media Makes It Easier to Stay in Touch with Loved Ones Enjoy

Connecting with your children or grandchildren online but tired of using email? Social media might be the answer to staying connected to your loved ones’ lives. In addition to following what they post on social media, you can also comment, respond, or interact in ways that are less of a hassle than sending an email.

3. Social Media May Be Good for Your Health

Many older adults find that being active online helps to relieve stress and improve their emotional state. Simply spending time on Facebook can actually reduce your heart rate and even boost your self-esteem. 

4.Social Media Can Improve Your Mood and Combat Social Isolation 

Some older adults may be more vulnerable to social isolation, which can lead to depression and other health concerns. Social media can offer an easy way to expand your social circle without having to change your living situation or daily routine. Thanks to joining sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, many older adults have found support groups, reconnected with old friends, and found a new way to express themselves. 

5. Social Media Gives You a Place to Express Yourself

When you create a profile on a social media site, you’re carving out your own little corner of the web where you can choose how to express yourself. You can share information and ideas that are important to you, make virtual scrapbooks out of your photographs, and tell your friends and followers what you’ve been up to. 

Would you like to learn more about social media? Our new eBook offers tips to getting started on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Click here to download it today!

Social Media for Older Adults

Topics: independent living, social media, social isolation

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