Having your parent or loved one actively using social media will benefit their lives in more ways than one. While they may be intimidated at first and assume it is a tool only for ‘the young people’, it will help them feel connected and engaged with others around them. We encourage all adults to use social media and believe it’s a great tool to help contribute to a person’s social wellness, especially for people with mobility or health issues. Let’s take a look at 5 reasons your parent should be active on social media.
Be a Social Butterfly
As a person ages, it is not uncommon to withdraw from social situations. This isolation can be caused by a variety of reasons, and can increase a person’s chances of developing physical health issues and depression. However, when your parent or loved one actively use social media they put their social skills to work. Not only does it increase their connectedness to others, but a recent study found that seniors using social media did 25% better on a memory test than seniors who did not.
Let’s be honest, we all enjoy seeing a message in our inbox from someone we love, especially if it contains emojis! When you introduce your parent to social media, they will now be able to join in on these fun conversations. Taking a second to leave a comment on a photo or sending a message through messenger will go a long way in helping your senior loved one avoid feeling lonely!
Sense of Community
It was reported in 2016 that there are nearly 2 billion people actively using social media. With such a large user base, social media is an incredible tool to engage your parent in a bigger community. Facebook is known for their interactive groups where people with common interests can join together to discuss topics, have meet ups, and even enjoy live webinars.
Another popular feature is Facebook games, where a person can play against other people in a game of DrawSomething or FarmVille. Playing games and joining in with others will help your parent feel connected to others and stimulate healthy brain function.
Lastly, Facebook also has a feature called ‘Facebook Events’. Local companies and organizations can share upcoming events to Facebook for RSVPs. If you don’t live near your loved one, you can share ‘Facebook events’ with them to let them know about community activities and events they may like to attend.
A Place to Share Memories
If something exciting is happening in a person’s life, you can almost guarantee you will see it uploaded to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. People use these platforms to upload photos of things like a recent birthday party or a family trip to the beach. Encouraging your parent to be active on social media will ensure they won’t miss any of these memorable moments – especially with their grandchildren!
Another option to cherish these memories is to use website likes Shutterfly.com to get photos printed. You can even have custom items like throw blankets, pillows, and mugs made using the pictures from Facebook or Instagram.
Connected with Family
While it would be nice if families lived close to each other, that is not always the case. Before social media, you could only rely on phone calls, letters in the mail, or in-person visits. Not to say these aren’t wonderful options to connect, but they don’t always happen easily. However, if the family is all on social media, they have plenty of opportunities to connect. It’s easy to send a quick ‘I love you’ or ‘miss you’ through Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Learn New Things
Social media can be a lot of things for a lot of different people. While younger generations may use it mainly to share selfies, it can also open the door to learning. On Facebook, seniors can choose what types of posts they want to follow, and connect with pages that match their different interests. Whether it be local news, food blogs, or even a page full of different DIY projects. There are always interesting posts being shared across social media your loved one can learn from.
We love using social media around here at Oaks Senior Living. It is a joy to document special moments that happen throughout our communities on a daily basis and upload it to our social media accounts for others to enjoy. Connect with us today by visiting our Facebook or Instagram.