Centenarians Getting Social with Social Media

When centenarian Betty Love Goodykoontz was born in 1910, the world and how people communicated with each other was very different. She has been witness to tremendous change in almost mindboggling proportion: from horse and buggy and telegraph to high speed trains and instantaneous email and cell phones. Rather than be intimidated by all the changes and technological advancements, the retired schoolteacher has joined the growing ranks of aging adults in learning about computers and how they can be used to maintain a connection with the world around them – specifically via social media.

Striving Olympic Gold in Health for Seniors

In a campaign to promote and encourage practise of a more active, healthier lifestyle The Council of Aging Olympics in Somerville MA are providing opportunities for seniors to participate in weekly activities. Chair Yoga & Zumba Gold classes, day trips and bingos are some of the offerings available for the duration of the event which runs from January to August, with an award ceremony scheduled in September.

Bridging the Gap Between Generations with Computers

For many seniors , upon receiving digital devices and computers for Christmas gifts, technology can seem very daunting and confusing. The best asset in learning how they work…can be the grandchildren or youth within the community. Such is what Pamela Norr realised after repeatedly trying to help her elderly parents to use a computer: her own teenage children were the most knowledgeable in the gadgetry and its functioning.

Peer-To-Peer: Seniors Teaching Seniors to Use Computers

In the twenty-first century, computers and technology is not only of interest to the tech savvy and the young. Reports show that adults 55 and older are increasing their online presence. And not only are they opening their arms to the realm of keypads and digital data, some seniors such as 94 year old Isabella Dryden have begun to master the “e-ropes” and teach fellow seniors how to use computers and navigate around online.

The Most with the Least?

A recent Gallup poll showed that American seniors 65 and older showed a prevalence in maintaining levels of mental and overall wellbeing with less social time than younger counterparts. Nowadays, staying in touch with family and friends can prove trying to the elderly with loved ones living miles – sometimes, continents – away. InTouchLink however, is an ideal and practical solution for seniors and their families who wish to make communication and socializing easier – not to mention increasing social time well spent!

Robo-Pals for the Elderly?

Soon in the future robotic companions could very well be made available for the elderly. Researchers are currently developing the technology to create such companions. Not only will Grandpa or Grandma have someone to talk to and help with tasks around the home, these machines will also help to facilitate a sense of independence and improve quality of life.

1000 Miles But Only a Click Away

For many grandparents like Audrey Thomas, having loved ones live hours, days and continents apart can be challenging. However, technology is playing an increasing important role in keeping families connected.

Mind Over Matter?

Is poor memory performance and errors truly all in the mind?

A current  study on the influence of negative age-related stereotypes held by older adults was published in Psychological Science wherein individuals were tested to see whether their ability to execute an exercise were directly related to previously held beliefs, or genuine inability.

Mind and Body: Senior Activity and Depression

During one of the more substantial studies performed on European elders by University of Gothenburg researchers in Sweden, two key factors became apparent. Firstly, those who led more active lives were less prone to suffering depression. Secondly, seniors were more likely to take the initiative in improving their health when feeling empowered and offered a sense of self-motivation.