Experts say using social media can help prevent decline in elderly’s health
From www.dailymail.co.uk – August 7, 1:08 PM
Pensioners who spend time online do not feel as lonely as others their age, which could stunt deterioration of physical and mental health, according to the research.
The study, carried out among 65 to 95-year-old’s by researchers at the University of Exeter, could help cope with the health issues of our ageing population, experts said.
The project’s leader, Dr Thomas Morton, said the findings highlighted how loneliness among the elderly can contribute to poor health.
‘Human beings are social animals, and it’s no surprise that we tend to do better when we have the capacity to connect with others.
‘But what can be surprising is just how important social connections are to cognitive and physical health.
‘People who are socially isolated or who experience loneliness are more vulnerable to disease and decline.’
One participant said learning how to navigate her way through the internet had ‘changed her life’.
Donald Thomsen’s insight:
Human beings are social animals not intended to be isolated.
When I first decided to undertake my Fitness/Wellness project I quickly realized the best way to get the word out about my Program was through the Internet and Social Media.
Fortunately, owning my own business, I was fairly adept using my laptop computer for financial, technical problems, and solutions but really ignorant about social networking.
I set up an interactive website, and a blog. I researched all the intricacies and did it all myself. I now have a Facebook page, self-taught by a book titled “Facebook Marketing for Dummies.”
Now keep in mind I didn’t know how any of this stuff works.
With my limited knowledge, I have discovered these few facts:
For example; to interact and participate on Facebook you have like people. Sounds simple enough I like most people I meet.
I was considering a Twitter account but decided against it because, it’s a different story. you participate by following people and encourage them to follow you. That almost sounds like stalking; I didn’t think that was legal.
And a “blog”? I thought that was something that screwed up your bathroom sink drain. I vaguely recollect they made a scary movie about one of them back in 1958.
Trying to accomplish all this on your own is not the best way to enter the Information Highway.
When I was in business I hired all the IT duties to be done by others, and it was very expensive. The main drawback was that every time I wanted something added or changed I had to hire it done by others.
Since I’m now semi-retired with limited funds I decided to teach myself out of necessity.
I highly recommend anyone getting a computer, Tablet or Smart Phone depending what capacity you want to participate on the internet. Don’t be concerned about finding your way around the learning curve necessary to participate intelligently.
There are a multitude of companies and services available to assist Seniors on what to buy and how to operate the device at whatever level you desire. Some will even come to your home for one-on-one consultations.
Don’t be afraid of the technology it’s not that complicated. I have a 2 year old grandson that knows almost as much as I do on the subject.
TAKE MY WORD FOR IT, the benefits FAR outweigh any negative misconceptions you may have . It will open up a WHOLE NEW WORLD for you. TRUST ME!