Almost a third of the population in the United States over the age of 75 are actively using social networks, such as MySpace and Facebook, to stay connected and active—for support and companionship, maintaining a cohesive connection within a community.
Through technology and improved means of communication those who are finding themselves alone no longer have to feel secluded. There are forums, chatrooms, and groups to join that all encourage interactivity—boosting the brain’s functions. Read more on Social Networking for Seniors, from the New York Times.
According to a similar New York Times article, “‘One of the greatest challenges or losses that we face as older adults, frankly, is not about our health, but it’s actually about our social network deteriorating on us, because our friends get sick, our spouse passes away, friends pass away, or we move,’ said Joseph F. Coughlin, director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.'”
Take Care believes that technology is an important element to the future of health care. It is important to fill the gap and maintain relationships and to stay active and stimulate the brain.