Research portrays social media as a young person’s game. So much that 90% of adults 18-29 say they use a social media site at least once a day as opposed to 40% of adults 65+. However, these statistics are quickly changing. Studies predict the number of seniors will surge to an estimated 50 million by 2020, with no signs of slowing down.
There are a number of reasons why more and more seniors are utilizing social media:
Recent studies have shown that social media use may have potential health benefits. Social media can be useful in reducing isolation, loneliness, and depressive symptoms. Research also shows that social media platforms can be mentally stimulating as well as satisfying basic social needs in older adults, particularly for those that are immobile.
Social media is becoming easier to access with every passing day. Think about all the ways different social media platforms can be accessed: desktop, mobile, tablet, even TV screens. Plus, the technology in these devices is becoming more and more user-friendly, particularly for seniors.
Connectivity is a major reason why seniors are using social media platforms. Seniors are able to share experiences with loved ones from anywhere. Even for seniors who live near their families, but are not able to visit or chat all the time, social media is a perfect way to stay connected.
At Ashton Manor Assisted Living and Memory Care, we understand how social media can benefit the lives of our residents. If you or your loved one lives in Luling, Louisiana and is searching for an assisted living community, consider Ashton Manor. We are a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care community dedicated to providing highly personalized, unsurpassed care to seniors in a therapeutic environment that honors the dignity and individuality of each resident. Contact us today to schedule a tour!