As we get older and people move away from one another, it can be harder to stay in touch. Seniors living in assisted living communities may also find it more difficult to locate and stay in touch with family and friends in different cities and even different states. Fortunately, there are a variety of applications made for both IOS and Android devices and computers that assist seniors with this. Consider these five social media applications that are fun and easy to use.
According to AARP, the number of U.S. adults between the age of 50 to 64 that have a Facebook page is around 52 percent. It can be an ideal place for older adults to keep up with family and friends. With Facebook, seniors can search for long lost friends by a past school, city or state and add mutual friends. The site also makes it easy to share events, photographs and messages with many users at once, so seniors can reach more people with a single message.
Pinterest is basically an online wishlist. You can search through millions of ideas and photographs and share your ideas with others or save and organize the thoughts into folders for future use. The site also includes funny photographs, jokes and the latest memes to keep you laughing.
Twitter is the perfect place to share quick thoughts and ideas with others. Each post is limited to a small number of characters, so it's easy and fast to share notes with friends and family. Twitter takes very little time to set up and it's available for both IOS and Android devices as well as for the computer. Aside from your own posts, you can also search the site by user name, hashtags and ideas.
Instagram is extremely popular across all age groups. If your cell phone has a camera, you can take pictures and post them directly to your account. Family and friends can add you as a friend and your images are shared with everyone you know. You can also create a slideshow of images to share, but this story disappears after 24 hours.
Seniors who had lucrative careers or those who spent many years on the job may want to create a LinkedIn account to make it easier for past colleagues and business associates to get in touch. If you are a senior and looking for a job, LinkedIn is also the place to post your resume or search for local jobs in the area.
Social media is an excellent way for seniors to stay connected with loved ones. At Autumn View Gardens in Creve Coeur, MO, we offer internet services to make it easier to sign up for the social media sites of your choice. For more information on our additional options, contact us to speak to one of our representatives.