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Why Facebook Is Good For Seniors

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 01 March 2013

Technology can, and should, be used for good -- especially among seniors. Learn more in today's post.Early findings from a University of Arizona study on Facebook’s benefits for seniors showed promising results. According to this article on Futurity.org, seniors who had learned how to use Facebook “performed about 25 percent better on tasks designed to measure their ability to continuously monitor and to quickly add or delete the contents of their working memory—a function known in the psychology world as ‘updating.’ ”

With or without a research study to back it, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence highlighting the benefits of using tech with older adults: from the amazing breakthroughs chronicled in the Music & Memory project (using iPods with individuals in various stages of dementia), to iPad classes at retirement communities connecting seniors with their homelands, alma maters, grandkids, doctors and more, to long-distance caregivers using Skype or other video chat programs to check in visually, to the pure joy of intergenerational connections that computer games and activities can bring — check out this featured post, Seniors Getting Digital (and Loving It), for videos of this very thing. Technology can, and should, be used for good.

Though some seniors may be hesitant about using it at first, the pros far outweigh the cons. Teach a senior you know about a technology you love today!

 

There are 2 Comments about this post

  1. Sarah says,

    YES!! Great article! Getting seniors introduced and working with the “new” technology is proven to be a great concept on so many levels. Now, they won’t be feeling isolated from the rest of the world. More often than naught you will find seniors to be willing to learn the “new” technology. They just require patience when teaching them to use it as it is all new concepts that are completely foreign to them.

    Thanks for pointing out this interesting study!

     

    on 02 March 2013 / 2:31 PM

     
  2. Thanks for the kind compliments & feedback on the article, Sarah. Glad you enjoyed it so much! You’re absolutely right: technology is a great addition to our world and carries many benefits to seniors, many of whom are more than willing to learn how to use it. Yes, it requires patience, but you’re right, everything is new to them so we need to keep that in mind as we’re teaching them. You’re welcome; thanks for reading & commenting on the post!

     

    on 04 March 2013 / 11:29 AM

     
 

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