During May, which is Older Americans Month, we are shining a light on this segment of the population with so much to gain by getting online, including connecting with family and friends who increasingly communicate by text message, social media and video calling. Learning to use these channels keeps our seniors in touch, reduces isolation and improves their health and well-being. As a 2014 Michigan State University study found, internet use among older adults can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.
This month, make it a point to reach out to one senior you know: family member, friend or the neighbor with the cute dog; and see if there are any technology related questions you can answer. You’ll probably be able to assist with basic information, but if you get stumped there are lots of places you can go for answers.