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The Benefits of Seniors Staying Connected With Technology (Plus Ways to Connect)

You’ve probably heard someone say, “It seems like it’s harder to make friends as we get older.” Maybe you’ve said the same thing yourself. According to sociologists, there is some truth to this statement, because as you get older, making friends no longer happens as organically.

However, that doesn’t mean making friends is impossible for older adults! You just have to be intentional about how you approach it. Putting yourself in the right setting with the right tools can help. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of staying connected with others and how technology is helping seniors around the world form new and lasting bonds, whether virtually or in person.

4 Key Benefits of Seniors Staying Connected

Staying connected with others delivers a number of benefits. Here are just a few of them. 

Benefit 1: Reduced Feelings of Isolation

Staying connected with others can help reduce feelings of isolation. Seniors are at a greater risk for social isolation and loneliness for a number of reasons— both of which can contribute to depression. Joining a community and embracing technology are two powerful ways seniors can combat loneliness and expand their social circles.  

Benefit 2: Improved Emotional Well-Being

When you feel connected with others, you’re more likely to enjoy a positive emotional mindset and be more able to manage your stress levels. When you have a strong support network, you’re able to respond to challenges that life throws at you. This can have a huge impact on your overall mental health.

Benefit 3: Fewer Chronic Illnesses

People who feel alone or isolated tend to experience more instances of chronic illness. Chronic pain or illness can lead some people to isolate themselves further. This can be a difficult cycle to break out of. That’s why it’s important to reach out for help if you ever feel stuck. When you have a larger social circle you are comfortable talking with, the more likely it is you will do so.

Benefit 4: Enhanced Overall Health

Most of us crave some level of connection, regardless of how introverted or extroverted we are. When you feel like you’re part of a group or community, you get more out of life. Because you have adopted a positive mindset, life can seem better and brighter than ever before. And you may even start to notice actual physical and mental health benefits as a result of this positivity.

Explore New Ways to Connect Using Technology

More older adults than ever before are embracing the use of technology to stay connected.  However, before you go off on your own adventures, be sure to stay up to date on the latest online safety tips and social media security best practices. If you need assistance learning how to use new technology, there are a number of free online resources that can help you get started.  

Online Forums

Online forums have been around since the start of the internet and they are still a place where you can discuss your favorite hobbies or interests with like-minded individuals. Some forums exist on their own. Some are associated with websites.  

Social Networks

Social media networks are another way that people consume news, stay entertained, and connect with others. Facebook and YouTube are two of the most popular social media platforms for older adults. However, there are a variety of social media networks you can explore. Most social networks allow you to follow individual users or channels based on your interests.

Video Chat Apps

If you have friends or family in mind that you want to connect with from a distance, then video chat apps provide a great way to interact in a more engaging and meaningful way. Skype, Zoom, and Google Meet are all examples of popular video chat apps that offer free versions.

Online Games

Quite a few older adults enjoy playing video games and there are a variety of options out there, from gaming on smartphones or tablets to video game consoles. One feature of online gaming is the ability to chat with others using a headset or keyboard. Not only is this a great way to connect with others, but it also is a way to strengthen bonds with grandchildren and family members.

Discover Even More Ways to Connect

Technology can also help if you’re seeking an in-person connection. The internet is a great place to find a new job or seek out volunteer opportunities near where you live. You can also find learning opportunities both online and off via various online resources and websites. If you’re interested in finding a new partner in life, then you might want to consider an online dating website or app.

Make New Connections at Harbour’s Edge 

While technology is a great tool for staying connected, there is another way that you can meet new people with intention, in a setting where new connections happen every single day. Want to know the big secret? It’s community living. At Harbour’s Edge, a luxurious senior living community in Delray Beach, Florida, we understand the positive impact that socialization and connection have. As a resident of our beautiful waterfront community, you’ll find no shortage of ways to stay active and connect with others, from wellness opportunities to group dining and game nights.

Contact us or complete the form below to learn more about life at Harbour’s Edge.

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