While some seniors are more tech-savvy than others, most are not familiar with the social media platform, Facebook. However, the website, which allows users to create a personal profile, as well as connect and share their thoughts, images, and more with friends and family, may be a fun and beneficial way for seniors to get involved in the digital age. At Home Care Assistance of Waterloo, we encourage our senior clients to try Facebook for the following three reasons.
1. Social Contact
Studies show that social time with friends and family is key for fending off feelings of depression, isolation, and loneliness in seniors. As many seniors have mobility challenges that make leaving home difficult, hourly and live-in caregivers in Waterloo frequently encourage seniors to sign up for a Facebook account to maintain social ties. If your loved one often has to be home alone, Facebook can help him or her maintain a positive life outlook by providing an outlet for daily social interaction. Social media accounts like Facebook can also offer a way to keep in touch or reach out to distant relatives or friends who live far away.
2. Mental Stimulation
While Facebook is a socially oriented platform, it offers seniors more than just a place to interact with friends and family. The platform also has fun and easy-to-play games, pages about current news, public health, social aid, and support groups and pages devoted to health conditions and chronic illnesses. These pages and groups generally provide useful tips and information about the illnesses as well as a way to connect with others who have the condition.
3. Safety Monitoring
Facebook’s interactive website offers a way to remotely check in on your loved one when he or she is home alone. If you cannot be with your loved one or are unable to call on the phone, Facebook provides several ways to see how your loved one is doing. Activity on your loved one’s Facebook wall, where he or she can post or respond to the posts of friends and family, is a good indication that your loved one is doing well. The private messaging system, similar to AIM or email, allows you to quickly and easily contact your loved one.
When your senior loved one is unable to leave the home, Facebook can provide a fun and useful way for him or her to pass the time. If your loved one is not interested in Facebook, but you want to ensure he or she has daily social interaction and mental stimulation, an hourly caregiver in Waterloo can also provide companionship to help promote your loved one’s emotional health and general wellbeing. If you want to learn more about our in-home care services, give a Care Manager a call at (519) 590-2792, and schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.