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Seniors should surf the Internet

Although learning to surf the Internet and use social media such as Facebook and Skype may seem a solitary exercise, it can have surprising benefits.


According to researchers, increased Internet access and use can help reduce senior loneliness and depression and help keep families and different generations connected.
This is a golden opportunity to involve the younger members of the family (or any other volunteers) in teaching grandpa or grandma how to use a computer and the Internet. All that is required is lots of loving patience as many older people did not grow up in the era of computers and may be fearful of technology.
“Maintaining relationships with friends and family at a time in life when mobility becomes increasingly limited is challenging for the elderly”, says Dr Sherry G. Ford, and “increased Internet access and use by senior citizens enables them to connect with sources of social support when face-to-face interaction becomes more difficult”.


Technology helps reduce senior depression, keeps families connected. Retrieved from:  https://www.caregiverstress.com/senior-activities/


Mariette van Os