If the last couple years have taught us anything, it’s how important staying in touch to loved ones is. Whilst COVID may have kept us apart physically, connecting through social media has been one of the best things to be able to keep in touch with loved ones.
Social media is forever growing, with new apps and features being introduced regularly. The use of digital technology is no longer just for calling or texting friends and family, but can be used for education, shopping, working, meeting, and virtual entertainment.
Whilst social media can have some negative connotations, there are also many benefits for an individual’s mental and social wellbeing.
Older adults are at an increased risk of experiencing loneliness and social isolation due to factors such as living alone, the loss of family or friends, chronic illness, and hearing loss. By connecting regularly to friends and family using social media apps, this can decrease the risk of that isolation and lonely feeling.
An educational purpose
Social media has increasingly become a destination for education with news and stories being published regularly on the platforms. It also allows people to connect with other individuals through open debate and discussion on community pages and posts.
Connection to the community
Staying connected to a community is something many of us cherish, and here at Jenny MacLeod Retirement Village, our community is full of individuals who support and care for each other. A social platform like Facebook allows groups to create pages so that community connections can remain in place, even if we are physically apart.
Peace of mind for family members
Being able to connect to loved ones provides peace of mind for family members who can regularly check in on their loved ones. It’s also a wonderful tool to send photos and videos if in-person visits aren’t an option.
Unsure where to start, or new to social media? Don’t be afraid to ask a relative or friend to help get you started or contact your local library for assistance. Some popular apps to help keep you connected include Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, but the important thing is to find the one that works for you and your loved ones
So, why not take the plunge and get social!