We all understand the links between a senior’s continued well-being and the increasing loneliness that some of today’s elders feel? Can feeling lonely and disconnected actually make some people ill?
According to the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, there is mounting evidence that links social connections to an older adult’s health. Researchers found that among roughly 3,000 U.S. adults ages 57 to 85, those with few social connections were less likely to describe their physical health as good or excellent. Meanwhile, those who felt socially isolated — even if they had friends, family and social activities — tended to report poorer physical and mental well-being. So we might ask ourselves, in what ways can advancements in technology and social networking assist seniors in achieving a sense of belonging and connectedness? Making it easier to usecomputers might be an important way seniors can fight loneliness. Today’s seniors are not only fighting loneliness, they’re also fighting technophobia, or the fear of using new technology. If they can embrace the internet, many seniors would realize how many opportunities there are to reach out through chat rooms and message boards. This allows seniors to feel connected, learn new skills and perhaps find friends to chat with all over the world.
Social sites, such as Facebook and MySpace, offer people the opportunities to re-connect with friends and families. In some cases, relationships actually begin anew with acquaintances that they have lost touch with years ago. All of this social networking can assist seniors by easing depression and providing a sense of purpose and well-being that just might lead to better health.
Read more about seniors and social networking via Yahoo! News.