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5 Ways to Help Seniors Stay Connected Through Technology

Technology is a powerful tool that can help combat the negative effects of loneliness and isolation. Smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers place you just a click away from connecting with others around the world. These devices make it easy to catch up with loved ones, find others with similar interests, and stay abreast of what’s going on in everyone’s life. Here are some common ways seniors today are using technology to stay connected. 

1. Join an Online Community 

Online forums and social networks are popular ways people connect online. Facebook, for example, has plenty of groups geared toward certain interests. People can join these groups on a local and international level, as long as they meet the group criteria. Whether you love gardening, exercise, animals, a specific philanthropic cause, and more, Facebook has groups for everyone. This social media platform also makes it easy to keep in touch with family and friends, as it allows you to share photos and status updates throughout daily life. Be sure to use safe online practices to protect yourself against hackers, scammers, and people with malicious intent. 

2. Take a Class

The internet is a host of knowledge — what better place to learn something new? Whether it be a new language, skill, or hobby, there are plenty of organizations that offer classes for adults. The AARP offers online classes on a variety of topics, like chair yoga, mindfulness and meditation, learning the basics of Instagram, and beyond. You may also find some online classes for seniors at local colleges in and around the Longwood area. Make an effort to connect with fellow students and try forming a study group to form relationships and build subject matter mastery.

3. Connect With Loved Ones

Your friends and family are just a text or call away, making it easy to check in with your loved ones regularly. Find a day and time that works best for both of you to chat.  Call them during a drive to run errands or as you’re out for an evening stroll

Texting is an especially popular way to communicate with teenage grandchildren. Occasionally check in with them via text, send them a picture of something that made you think of them, or share a joke or fond memory. There are also plenty of activities you can do with your younger grandchildren online, too, like playing a game, baking a dessert, or watching a movie together.

4. Find a Remote Job or Volunteering Position

Retirement doesn’t mean you have to stop working — it just means you’ll have more time to pursue and prioritize your passions. There are plenty of companies and non-profit organizations out there that could use your expertise. Browse LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, Glassdoor, Indeed, and other hiring websites to apply for remote job opportunities. Find a charity you’re passionate about, such as an animal rescue, religious organization, homeless shelter, school, or other non-profit, and apply for virtual volunteering positions.

To avoid scams, ensure you do your research or enlist the help of a friend or family member before applying and giving out any personal information. 

5. Play Online Video Games

There are plenty of interactive online games that you can play with real people, and maybe even form a friendship. Play classics like chess, checkers, scrabble, mahjong, or sudoku. Enjoy new games like Animal Crossing, Candy Crush, or Words With Friends. You can play these games with people you don’t know, or invite friends and family to play with you. 

Make New Connections at Village on the Green

While building relationships through digital means can provide a great sense of fulfillment and connectedness, there’s nothing quite like in-person companionship. Community life makes connecting with others a natural part of everyday life. At Village on the Green, our events, activities, amenities, and services are designed to empower our residents to find their people. Spend a day relaxing by the pool, take an aerobics class, join a book club, meet a friend for coffee, or attend an event that sparks your interest. There are endless opportunities here for connection! 

Contact us today to explore how community living can enrich your social life.

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