While it may seem that the younger generation is the primary users of social media, the senior generation is quickly catching up on some social media platforms. In fact, a 2016 study showed that 62% of adults 65 and older are using Facebook regularly. If your parent or loved one is actively using social media, it can benefit their lives in many ways. Here are five reasons why your parent should be using social media.
Topics: Social Wellness
We all feel lonely from time to time, but seniors are especially susceptible to chronic loneliness. In fact, it affects 1 in 5 seniors. Seniors often are less mobile than they once were, leaving them isolated in some cases. Isolation and loneliness can cause them to experience symptoms such as cognitive decline, depression, increased stress levels, high blood pressure and in some cases, an early death. Thankfully, these side effects are entirely preventable by taking measures to ensure seniors maintain a high level of social wellness and regular activity.