How Seniors Can Benefit from Social Media

If you think seniors don’t do social media, we’re here to tell you that’s simply not the case! The fact is, more seniors than ever are using social media and loving it.

Seniors still don’t participate at the rates of other age groups, but surveys have found that a rapidly increasing number of seniors are diving into Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms. If you have an interest in social media, there’s no time like the present to get involved — and enjoy the many benefits. Here are some of the best reasons we know to sign up and log on.

You Can View Photos and Videos

For many seniors, the top benefit of social media is having access to a wealth of photos and videos of your loved ones. Imagine the ability to immediately view videos of your grandchild’s first steps or your niece’s wedding overseas. If your loved ones are online, it’s likely that they post photos and videos, and you can enjoy them with just a few clicks of your mouse.

You’ll Stay in Touch with Loved Ones

You may wish your children and grandchildren called more often, but people simply don’t talk on the phone as much these days. The closeness that used to come from phone calls with loved ones now comes from connecting on social services like Facebook. By logging on, you can communicate more frequently with friends and family, and you’ll get the inside scoop on what’s happening in their daily lives.

You Can Find Great Deals

If you love a good deal, you may have luck finding it on social media. Nowadays, most companies have a major presence on Facebook and other social media services, and they often reward followers handsomely with special promotions and discounts.

You May Improve Your Health

Research has found that participating on social media sites can actually help improve both your physical and mental health.

By positively interacting with others on social media, you can lift your mood. And by maintaining stronger connections with your friends and family members, you may reduce the chances that you’ll develop depression or harmful health habits like smoking.

One study found that seniors who frequent social media are more likely to engage in health-promoting behaviors. Over several years, senior social media users showed positive health markers like lower blood pressure and less diabetes.

You’ll Learn and Be Entertained

Social media offers a wealth of options for entertainment and education. Read e-books, watch old TV shows and movies, play games — whatever activity you enjoy, you can likely find it on social media. And if you’re interested in continuing to stretch your mind with lifelong learning, you’ll find plenty of online courses and academic articles to keep you enlightened.

Social media isn’t for everyone, and that’s just fine! As with many things in life, it’s best in moderation. But if you feel that you’d enjoy participating in social media, we encourage you to get involved. To learn about the many ways you can lead an active retirement lifestyle at Havenwood Heritage Heights, please contact us.