It’s a vast world out there…and the internet helps the world come to your home. Foster City seniors feeling disconnected from family members should consider joining one or more social media accounts. In fact, your senior’s Alzheimers care provider can even help get things set up!
Foster City seniors receiving Alzheimers care can enjoy interaction with family onlineDid you know that social media comes with its own set of pros and cons? Yep, it’s true. While social media can be an awesome way to connect to family and friends, it can also leave users feeling even more disconnected. That’s because when your Foster City senior views all the photos of the grandkids having fun over the weekend, he or she can get frustrated if not included in the festivities. It’s important for Alzheimers care providers to monitor seniors using social media to see if internet usage causes any mood swings.
With that being said, social media is an incredible tool. Here’s a couple of benefits:
- Social media is a great way to see local events coming up that your Foster City senior’s friends are attending or might want to attend. If your senior sees an event he or she is interested in, a NuevaCare Alzheimers care provider can offer transportation assistance to and from the event.
- Social media allows seniors to remember birthdays and wish people “Happy Birthday!”. Remember the hand-written notes your Grandma used to send you? Nowadays, Grandma can send notes of love online! For seniors receiving Alzheimers care, this is a perfect memory aid solution.
- Social media is a quick way to message or contact someone without having to remember a mailing address, phone number or email…another great option for seniors with Alzheimers care needs.
When your Foster City senior uses his or her social media account, he or she should keep the following pointers in mind:
- Seniors or their Alzheimers care providers should check the privacy settings every couple months or so to change the password, adjust who can view what and make sure that information shared on the account is limited as desired.
- Seniors should know the difference between pages and personal accounts. A personal account is required in order to create a page, which is used for businesses, brands etc. Groups are composed of people with personal accounts who share a common interest.
- Seniors should log out after using the account and should be careful to avoid clicking on ads. A caregiver can write the password(s) on a Post-It note on the computer as a memory aid. Seniors may also want a grandchild or tech-savvy friend install pop-up blockers, firewall etc to help avoid potential virus issues.
- Seniors should avoid “checking in” to places or posting their real-time location so as to minimize possible theft at home or stalking / robbery / kidnapping etc.
- Seniors should keep general etiquette in mind when sharing / posting updates and when tagging other people in photos. Some family or friends might take offense if their photos are posted publicly or if personal information is shared without asking first.
- Seniors should have fun! The internet and social media have challenges, but it’s also a fun way to get involved with family and to learn more about the wide world.
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